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Anyone with allergies knows their only escape from their triggers is complete avoidance. But that is just not realistic unless you live in a bubble. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis can begin as late winter or early spring approaches, depending on where you live of course.
Grass, tree, and flower/weed pollen is the #1 culprit of seasonal allergies that can cause watery, red, itchy eyes. You look like you have crying for hours and most women have to stop wearing make-up and don sunglasses to hide their puffy, red eyes. Ask your doctor about Patanol Eye Drops, an antihistamine that will reduce your symptoms so you can enjoy being outdoors.
Once instilled into your eyes as directed, Patanol Eye Drops or generic Olopatadine will block the histamine receptors in the affected area, in this case it targets the receptors in the mucus membrane called the conjunctiva that covers the front of your eye and lines the inside of your eyelid. This will not stop your mast cells from releasing its store of histamine, but blocking their receptors will prevent the chain reaction that involves more blood flow and other chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When you are exposed to pollen or mold, your over-active immune system detects a threat and sounds the alarm and mast cells are signaled to release their supply of histamine which then binds to their H1 receptors in the conjunctiva. This causes a chain reaction in order to protect you from harm. With an increase in blood flow, your eyeballs appear red and the lids may swell from the inflammation. Tear immunoglobulin E (IgE) production is boosted and your eyes become a watery, itchy mess.
Ask your doctor about any risks of instilling Patanol Eye Drops while you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx medications you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements, to determine if Patanol Eye Drops are safe for you.
After using Patanol Eye Drops, your vision will be temporarily impaired so avoid driving, operating machinery, or attempting any task that requires clear vision. Remove any contact lenses before using Patanol Eye Drops and wait as long as recommended by your doctor before putting them back in.
You should not use Patanol Eye Drops for any future eye problems without seeing your doctor first as the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis are similar to other ophthalmic conditions that may require a different treatment.