An Ophthalmic Topical Allergy Medication Reference Guide

Jun 10, 2015
1 min read

Allergy season can spell misery for those suffering from ocular symptoms. Don't miss this clinical tool that will help you with topical allergy medications.


Red, itchy, watery eyes….yep, it’s that time of year again….ALLERGY SEASON! Time for topical allergy medications!

No matter where you live, chances are you and/or many of your patients have experienced the onslaught of symptoms that come with ocular allergies, and whether chronic or acute, they can be downright miserable (I would know…I live in the South!). Fortunately, there are many topical options for treatment of this condition, and having numerous drop choices means one thing…ANOTHER DRUG GUIDE is here!

NGO has provided reference guides for artificial tears, glaucoma, and steroids/NSAIDs. Now it’s time to give you a quick table that will hopefully make your clinical decision making easier when managing your allergy patients.

Keep in mind that a combination mast cell stabilizer and antihistamine drop typically proves more effective for most patients. The antihistamine helps stop acute symptoms in their tracks, while the mast cell stabilizer keeps them from recurring.

About Patricia Fulmer, OD

Patricia is a 2012 graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and former AOSA National Liaison to the AAO. After graduation, she moved to Amarillo, TX, to complete her residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at the Thomas E. Creek VA Hospital. Patricia is the current Center Director for VisionAmerica of Huntsville, a co-management practice specializing in secondary and tertiary care, cataract surgery, strabismus, and oculoplastics in Huntsville, AL. She recently earned her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry at the 2015 meeting in New Orleans. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, art, and Alabama football.