Contact lenses can relieve allergies

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – There is renewed hope for a potential breakthrough for the 10% to 30% of Americans who suffer from eye allergies.

Johnson & Johnson recently received Food and Drug Administration approval for the first and only antihistamine-releasing contact lens that not only corrects vision but also relieves itchy eyes.

“About a third of contact lens patients suffer greatly during allergy season. A lot of them are frustrated because they can’t wear their contact lenses as comfortably, they get redness, itching, so a lot of them turn to over-the-counter antihistamine drops that can’t even be used with contact lenses,” said Dr. Gabriela Olivares, optometrist.

Olivares said the new antihistamine-releasing contact lenses can provide allergy relief for up to 12 hours.

She said the lens is expected to be available only through ophthalmologists by early 2023.

And a new test that could potentially help diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s disease has been given the green light by the Food and Drug Administration.


The Lumipulse test is a laboratory-based diagnostic that could provide same-day results and offers an alternative to time-consuming and expensive tools like pet scans.

The test is suitable for people ages 55 and older who have demonstrated cognitive impairment, but the FDA warned that the test should only be used in conjunction with other clinical information to confirm whether a patient has Alzheimer’s.

The agency also noted that the test carries the risk of false positives, which could lead to unnecessary treatments and stress for patients, as well as false negatives, which could delay patient treatment.

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Joel McCord

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