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Eye Allergies (cont.)

Other Therapy 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.

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. Although immunotherapy is effective and safe, there is a small risk of allergic reaction (roughly 0.1%).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2015

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