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How To Quickly Relieve Eye Allergies | Long Island Eye Doctor

Joel Kestenbaum, OD

It’s Allergy Season

It’s allergy season….as if you didn’t know already.  You and the masses are experiencing the symptoms of the season.  Every day my patients are calling for appointments due to eye discomfort.

The main symptoms of allergy eyes are red, itchy and watery eyes.  Fortunately, there are many remedies including prescription and over the counter.  For sudden swelling, ice is a good choice.  Antihistamines, like Benedryl, are often used for allergic reactions but one has to be careful of the side effect of drowsiness.  Zyrtec, once only available by prescription, is now available over-the-counter.

Todays over-the-counter topical remedies include Zaditor (twice a day), Naphcon A (up to 4 times per day), Opcon A, Visine A, and a host of others.  One must be careful though not to abuse these meds as they can cause a reaction if over used.

Prescription medications include once a day drops like Pataday, and twice a day drops like Patanol , Optivar, and Elestat.  Other topical eye drops include mild steroids and antihistamines.

Whatever your doctor recommends, it is a good idea to continue with these drops until allergy season is over.  The end of June is usually the time to stop unless you are still symptomatic.

So try to keep your hands to yourself and away from your eyes.   Enjoy the season.

Joel Kestenbaum, OD


  1. Very helpful post. Thanks!
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  2. I had same problems, and can confirm that just using drop when your eyes dont feel good really helps

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