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One of the most uncomfortable situations for people suffering from allergy is the part that has to do with the itching of the eyes. Either because of problems with pollen, with dogs and cats, or with freshly cut grass, they begin to cry or it is not exactly the most pleasant sensation in the world. It is like being with a strong flu and the day becomes excessively uncomfortable. To alleviate these symptoms, there are already drugs on the market in the form of drops, such as ketotifen, which can be released inside the eyeball. But what if instead drugs there were contact lenses to help?

There are currently no eye drops indicated for use in combination with contact lenses. Without those drops, people end up rubbing their eyes and hitting the contact lenses against the eyeball. They are so uncomfortable that even many decide not to wear them during the weeks when allergy spikes are greater. Therefore, a recent study has assessed the possibility that eye drops and lenses go hand in hand, so that those who suffer this ordeal do not have to abandon their contact lenses. The idea is simple: kill two birds with one stone.
For this, the company Johnson and Johnson, who leads the project, has developed single-use lenses with a sufficient dose of ketotifen incorporated as to relieve that itching and avoid tears. To test the product, they had 244 people who were divided into 3 groups: one of them was given a lens with antihistamine and another without it; a second was given the two lenses with the medication, while a third was given a couple of placebos. In all cases, the level of itching was much lower in those with the collyrium incorporated.
 

But there is still a long way to go ...
Although the results are positive, participants in the project noted that the antihistamine did not prevent eye redness. On the other hand, the dose only provides relief for one of the many symptoms that suffer, so it would not prevent them from having to continue taking them to treat coughs, sneezing and nasal congestion. The ideal is to get through the eyeball to regulate the necessary dose of medication to regulate the whole body ... but that's another thing.

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