To the Editor.
—The article by Friedlaender et al1 in the August 1984 Archives describes itching as a characteristic feature of allergic conjunctivitis. My colleagues and I treated 124 patients with vernal conjunctivitis and found photophobia to be an equally common clinical symptom of this allergic disease. When questioned about presenting symptoms, 107 (86.3%) patients mentioned itching, 104 (83.7%) described photophobia, 59 (48.2%) described blurred distance vision, 48 (38.3%) described "red eye," and conjunctival discharge in the morning was reported by 21 (16.4%) patients. When closely examined, the "blurred vision" was found to be 20/20 in 104 (87.8%) of the eyes; it was actually a transient sensation that passed when the patient blinked intentionally a number of times. The cause of this transient sensation was a thin film of mucous secretion that was deposited on the cornea and washed out by blinking.In light of our clinical data, we
Solomon AS. Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis. Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(7):891. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050070017009