• Are there allergy drops available that won’t dry out my eyes?


    Question:

    I have allergies, but I also have dry eyes, mostly caused by the eye drops that I use for allergies. Is there such a thing as allergy eye drops that won't dry out my eyes? Like artificial tears that also have antihistamine properties maybe?


    Answer:

    Allergy drops do not generally cause dry eyes. The antihistamine itself may have a drying effect and if you are using the allergy drops very frequently, you may be getting an irritation from some of the ingredients in the drops. If itching is a key symptom and the allergy drops relieve that, then I would suggest using the minimum amount to relieve that symptom. If your eyes are truly dry, then preservative-free artificial tears can be used more frequently in addition to the allergy drops. Additionally, there are other treatments for dry eyes such as prescription drops or temporary punctal plugs.


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