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My mother had an apparent allergic reaction immediately

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My mother had an apparent allergic reaction immediately following a routine eye exam which included dilation and then reversal drops. This started aprox 2 mos. ago and was first diagnosed as an infection for which she was prescribed Tobrex .3%. When this made things worse the diagnosis was switched to allergic reaction and she was told to take Claritin. Still no improvement so she was sent to a specialist who said slack, floppy eyelids made it easier for allergic irritation and he said use artificial tears and no need for a repeat visit. The problem persists and is getting worse with red watery eyes affecting her vision [ she is 87 ] and the itching spreading from just the eyes to the forehead and chin etc. Where to turn next, as all her doctors seem stumped and/or lack interest. Should we go to a regular allergist or find another eye doctor? Thank you so much for any insight you can offer.
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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

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I agree with your thought to seek advice from an allergist.

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From an eye standpoint, if she does have floppy eyelid syndrome, her problems will persist until that problem is surgically corrected. This is a rather easy surgery that is done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. On this basis, consulting with an oculoplastic surgeon (since you have already seen a general ophthalmologist) would be a good idea.

Dr. Rick :

Sorry to hear about all the problems you are having getting to the bottom of this issue.

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I don't think any of this is related to the eye exam and dilation many months ago.

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Does this make sense to you?

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Thanks for your comments. We now have some new avenues to explore. Very satisfied.
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