Azelastine Eye Drops
If you have itching due to eye allergies, your healthcare provider may prescribe azelastine ophthalmic solution (Optivar®), an antihistamine eye drop. Azelastine ophthalmic eye drops are different from over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant eye drops, in that you can use them long-term without the risk of making the redness and swelling worse by taking them too long.
The standard dosage of this medication is one drop in each eye twice a day. Some people using azelastine may develop a burning or stinging sensation in the eye. However, these side effects are temporary, and most people tolerate the product quite well.
(Click Azelastine Ophthalmic Solution for more information on these eye drops, including other side effects to watch for, more detailed dosing guidelines, and what to discuss with the healthcare provider prescribing them.)