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Eye Allergies (cont.)

Are There Other Therapies for Eye Allergies?

Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is also an excellent treatment option for allergic conjunctivitis. If this is appropriate, an individual is seen by an allergist and completes testing for common airborne allergens. Based on the results, an allergist can prescribe immunotherapy that can not only improve symptoms but may also help get rid of existing allergies and also prevent future environmental allergies. Although immunotherapy is effective and safe, there is a small risk of allergic reaction (approximately 0.1%).

Historically, immunotherapy requires frequent visits to the allergist for subcutaneous injections. As of 2014, the FDA has approved sublingual immunotherapy (allergy tablets) that can be administered at home for grass and ragweed allergy, so this may be an option for treatment depending on individual sensitivities There is less risk for an allergic reaction with this type of therapy compared to allergy shots.

Follow-up for Eye Allergies

Follow-up appointments are scheduled as needed.

  • For mild cases of PAC and SAC, annual follow-up visits can be on an as-needed basis or annually.
  • For more severe cases or for intermittent exacerbations of normally mild disease, more frequent visits with an allergist or ophthalmologist may be beneficial.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2016
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