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    Experts offer top allergy tips


    Bill Townsend, OD, FAAO

    Canyon, TX

    Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

    1. An ideal topical therapeutic agent for treatment of allergic eye disease should:

    • Possess anti-inflammatory properties

    • Exert H1-blocking antihistaminic effects and stabilize mast cell membranes 

    Look for these properties in topical agents.

    2. If possible, prescribe agents that need to be instilled only one time per day.

    3. In patients with severe allergic conjunctivitis, especially those with a significant atopic profile, evert lids for early signs of atopic and vernal keratoconjunctivitis. These conditions, although rare, do occur in at-risk individuals and have the potential to damage the cornea and in some cases impair vision.

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