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July 1985

Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis

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Eilat, Israel

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(7):891. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050070017009

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

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