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Topical treatments for seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

Clinical bottom line

There is insufficient evidence to be sure which is the best treatment. The best evidence is a large effect for sodium cromogylcate.


Reference

CG Owen et al. Topical treatments for seasonal allergic conjunctivitis: systematic review and meta-analysis of efficacy and effectiveness. British Journal of General Practice 2004 54: 451-456.

Searching

Studies were identified from a Cochrane specialist register, and wider searching, up to 2001, together with several electronic searches. Trials selected had to randomised and double blind with subjective assessment of treatment efficacy.

Results

Because results are given only as odds ratios, with are uninterpretable, and with no indication of percentages of patients were benefiting, only a bare outline or results can be given. In general, only small numbers of small trials were available.

A summary was:

Comment

There is insufficient evidence to be sure which is the best treatment. The best evidence is a large effect for sodium cromogylcate.