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(By Appointment)

Mon    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tue     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wed    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thu     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frid     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sat and Sun  Closed

 

Quest Lab hours:     Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spring Allergies, Part 3

Some people not only have nasal congestion, runny nose, and itching, but they also suffer from eye symptoms.  This is referred to as allergic conjunctivitis and symptoms include: Red, itchy, watery, burning eyes with the possibility of morning puffiness around the eye lids.  Oral antihistamines may not completely relieve your symptoms.  If this is the case you may need eye drops with antihistamine and mast cell stabilizing properties.  There are over the counter options that work well and are affordable, including Zaditor and Alaway.  Both contain Ketotifen 0.025%. The antihistamine provides immediate relief while the mast cell stabilizer helps prevent further symptoms.  Previously only available by prescription, both can be sued long term safely.

 

Other over the counter eye drops, such as Naphcon-A and Visine contain a decongestant and should only be used for short-term periods of time.  Alwasy remove your contact lenses before using these eye drops and wait 10 minutes before reinserting the lenses.