The Eyes Have it! Pazeo®: A New Option for Treating Itchy Eyes.
For many people spring, summer and fall are a time to step outside and enjoy Montana’s beauty. However, some people experience red, itchy, swollen, watery eyes when pollen or other allergens are in the air. This is called allergic conjunctivitis. For some patients, these symptoms are more distressing than nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing.
Olopatadine (brand names Pazeo®, Pataday®, Patanol®) is an eye drop medication that treats eye allergies without being a steroid. The newest kid on the block is Pazeo®!
- Pazeo® a 0.7% solution to be used 1 drop each eye once a day. (over 3 times more concentrated than Pataday!)
- Pataday® a 0.2% solution to be used 1 drop each eye once a day.
- Patanol® a 0.1% solution to be used 1 drop each eye twice a day.
How it works:
- Stabilize mast cells (immune cells in the conjunctivae of the eye) by decreasing activation and release of inflammatory chemical mediators
- Antihistamine; blocks the effect of histamine
- Decrease movement and activation of eosinophils (white blood cell associated with allergies).
More Details on Pazeo®
- Treats: eye itching due to allergies
- Age approval: 2 years and older
- Side effects: 2 to 5% may experience headache, blurry vision, abnormal sensation in the eye, funny taste, or inflammation of the eye.
- Wait at least 5 minutes after instilling Pazeo® before inserting contact lenses.
Although there are many treatments for allergic conjunctivitis, Olopatadine has several advantages.
- Fast acting; most people feel relief within 30 minutes.
- Relief all day! Yes, 24 hours.
- Beneficial for those patients with dry eyes.
For more information go to: Pazeo
At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we keep you informed of the latest treatment options for eye allergies. This blog was co-authored by Jared Bozeman, Senior Medical Student at The Medical college of Wisconsin.