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Megumi Yamamoto, Tatsuya Mimura, Atsushi Mizota, Kazumi Fukagawa, Eiichi Uchio, Ryota Ko, Hiroshi Fujishima; Usefulness of eyewash solution on allergic conjunctivitis. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2019;60(9):6717.
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Eye washing is expected to remove foreign bodies causing ocular allergic inflammation. In this study, we examined the effect of eye washing on ocular allergic symptoms using a subjective evaluation by the Quality of Life Questionnaire for Japanese Allergic Conjunctival Disease (JACQLQ) and objective evaluation by ocular hyperemia image analysis.
Twenty-three patients with allergic conjunctivitis were included in this study. The patient's right eye was washed with eyewash solutions A (marketed eyewash) and the left eye was washed with eyewash solutions B (physiological saline). Ocular photographs were taken before and 15 minutes after the eye wash. The five subjective ocular symptoms (ocular itching, foreign body sensation, hyperemia, watery eyes, and discharge) of the JACQLQ questionnaire were scored (0-4). The degree of conjunctival hyperemia was quantified by a Hyperemia Helper Tool developed by Fukushima et al.
All five subjective ocular symptoms by JACQLQ questionnaires improved after eye washing by eyewash solutions A and B (both, p <0.01). The objective evaluation using the Hyperemia Helper Tool showed conjunctival hyperemia was significantly improved after eye washing by eyewash solutions A (p <0.05).
Eye washing using eye wash solutions can improve subjective and objective ocular allergic symptoms.
This abstract was presented at the 2019 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada, April 28 - May 2, 2019.
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