An algorithm for the management of allergic conjunctivitis
Allergic conjunctivitis has been reported to be increasing in prevalence in the United States. It significantly impacts patient quality of life and reduces their productivity. It has been noted that nasal and ocular symptoms are equally bothersome in the majority of patients. Despite the development of new therapeutic interventions, ocular allergy is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. This article outlines current best practices regarding diagnosis and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis; suggests criteria for referral to a colleague with different expertise; and provides an algorithm for step recommendations including treatment with antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and immunotherapy.
Keywords: Allergic conjunctivitis; NSAID; antihistamine; corticosteroid; diagnosis; immunotherapy; mast cell stabilizers; ocular; quality of life; treatment
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Publication date: September 1, 2013
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