What is Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis refers to the itchy, irritated eyes some people experience as an allergic reaction to dander or pollen. The eyelid and surface of the eye become inflamed, with symptoms including red and watery eyes, itching or burning, and puffy eyelids.

Prescription and over-the-counter treatments are available, usually in the form of eye drops. Common classes of prescription drugs used to treat allergic conjunctivitis include antihistamines (Patanol, Optivar) corticosteroids, NSAIDs (Acular), and mast cell stabilizers (Crolom, Alocril).

Savings Tips for Allergic Conjunctivitis

  • Which Allergy Nasal Sprays Are Okay to Use During Pregnancy?

    October 20, 2016

    Nasal steroid sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) are effective for stuffy nose and itchy eyes related to allergies. Post nasal drip symptoms—chronic cough, hoarse voice and dripping down the back of your throat—are easily remedied with steroid nasal sprays.

    If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Well, recent reassuring studies have shown us that nasal steroid sprays are safe to use during pregnancy for mild to moderate symptoms related to allergies. See More

  • Pataday, Patanol, Pazeo: Which Drops Are Best for Itchy, Allergic Eyes?

    April 01, 2016

    Pataday, Patanol, and Pazeo—not only do they sound similar, but these three eye drops all have the same active ingredient (olopatadine), and all treat the same thing: itchy, allergic eyes (allergic conjunctivitis).

    So, if they’re all so similar, is one better than the others? Let’s take a look.

    Patanol—what are the pros and cons?
    Advantage: Patanol may be your winner based on price. It is also available as generic olopatadine 0. See More

  • Lotemax Gel vs Drops: What’s the Difference?

    December 10, 2015

    Lotemax (loteprednol) is a common eye prescription used to treat various causes of eye inflammation and allergic conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes from allergies).

    Even if you’re familiar with Lotemax, you may not know that it comes in several different forms—eye drops, an ointment, and a gel—and they aren’t all the same.

    Can all of the different forms be used interchangeably?

    No. Unlike the eye drops, the gel and ointment are only approved to treat inflammation and reduce pain after eye surgery. See More

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Popular Allergic Conjunctivitis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
Antihistamines 8 See Prices
Antihistamines 8 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Allergic Conjunctivitis Drug Classes

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