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Allergy Eyes

    Your Symptoms
    Allergy Eyes Screener
    Treatment Overview
    Tips for Relief
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Tips for Relief
Follow the suggestions that apply to your condition.

Allergy Tips for Inside Your Home
Allergy Tips for Outside Your Home
Your Allergy Medication

Allergy Tips for Inside Your Home1
  1. Stay indoors as much as possible when pollen counts are highest - mid-morning and early evening.
  2. Avoid keeping pets in the bedroom at night.
  3. Use a damp cloth to dust.
  4. Close your windows at night since night air may carry pollen.
  5. To decrease the chance of mold formation/exposure:
    • Consider purchasing a dehumidifier
    • Clean moldy areas with a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water
  6. Encase mattresses, box springs, and pillows filled with feathers, down, or foam in hypoallergenic plastic, zippered covers.
Allergy Tips for Outside Your Home1,2
  1. Keep your car windows closed while driving.
  2. Take a vacation in a more pollen-free place, like the beach, during the height of pollen season.
  3. Don't hang laundry out to dry as the clothes can collect pollen.
  4. Don't rake leaves as raking can stir up mold.
  5. Avoid freshly cut grass.
  6. Pollen counts are higher in the mid-morning and early evening, so plan activities accordingly.
Your Allergy Medication
  1. Consult your healthcare provider about starting your allergy medication early in the season - or even before the season starts - to prevent allergy symptoms from occurring.
  2. Carefully follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions. For example, twice-a-day dosed medications may be best taken just before bedtime to avoid onset of early-morning symptoms; the other dose should be taken 12 hours later.

1. American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Eye Allergies. Available at: http://allergy.mcg.edu/eyeallergy/eyeBrochure.html. Accessed October 22, 2004.

2. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Tips to Remember: Outdoor Allergens. Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/outdoorallergens.stm. Accessed November 19, 2004.

OPTIVAR is indicated for the treatment of itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis in patients as young as 3 years of age.

In controlled clinical studies, some patients experienced brief eye burning/stinging, headache, and bitter taste. Less than 1% of patients stopped using OPTIVAR because of these effects. OPTIVAR should not be used if you are sensitive to any of the medication's components.

Available by prescription only. Ask your healthcare professional if OPTIVAR is right for you. Please see full Prescribing Information.

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