Anti-allergic ophthalmic drugs in general practice : which, why and when?
CITATION: Mohamed, N. & Smit, D. P. 2013. Anti-allergic ophthalmic drugs in general practice : which, why and when? South African Family Practice, 55(4):313-318.
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Ocular allergies present in many different guises. They may vary from self-limiting episodes of acute allergic conjunctivitis, to potentially sight-threatening chronic conditions, such as vernal keratoconjunctivitis. This article provides a brief description of the different ocular allergic conditions to aid accurate diagnosis. It also focuses on the different types of anti-allergic ophthalmic preparations and how to employ them in a logical, stepwise management strategy to obtain optimal results, while minimising exposure to potent drugs with potentially serious side-effects.