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Zyrtec Eye Drops can help relieve symptoms of eye allergies, such as itching, redness, and burning or stinging. Because this product does not contain a decongestant, you can use Zyrtec Eye Drops long-term without the risk of making symptoms worse after you stop taking it. Children as young as three years old can use this medication, but an adult will need to administer the drops.

What Is Zyrtec Eye Drops Used For?

Zyrtec® Itchy Eye Drops (ketotifen ophthalmic solution) is a nonprescription eye medication used for treating eye allergy symptoms. In particular, 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.
It is worth noting that Zyrtec Eye Drops contains a different active ingredient, compared to other Zyrtec products.
Eye allergies are known medically as 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 often include:
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Burning or stinging of the eyes
  • Watery 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 medication such as Zyrtec Eye Drops.
Unlike many other over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops, which contain a decongestant, Zyrtec Eye Drops can be used long-term without the risk of actually making the redness and swelling worse after you stop the medication, since this product does not contain a decongestant.
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