Claritin Eye Uses
A type of antihistamine, Claritin Eye is used for the treatment of eye allergies in adults and children. Specifically, it is used to treat eye itching due to ragweed, animal hair, grass, and pollen allergies. At this time, there are no "off-label" uses for this eye drop. Children as young as three years old can use this medication.
What Is Claritin Eye Used For?Claritin® Eye (ketotifen ophthalmic solution) is an eye drop used for treating eye allergy symptoms. It is approved for treating eye itching related to allergies due to grass, pollen, ragweed, or animal hair and dander. It belongs to a group of medications known as antihistamines. Like other Claritin products, Claritin Eye is available without a prescription.
It should be noted that Claritin Eye contains a different active ingredient, compared to other Claritin products.
The medical term for eye allergies is allergic conjunctivitis because the allergic reaction occurs in the conjunctiva (the thin layer that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid). Eye allergy symptoms typically include:
- Watery eyes
- Itchy, red eyes
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
- Puffy, swollen eyelids.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Allergy treatment often includes eye drops, such as Claritin Eye.
Unlike many other over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops, which contain a decongestant, you can use Claritin Eye long-term without the risk of actually making the redness and swelling worse after you stop the medication, since Claritin Eye does not contain a decongestant.