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Office-based ocular procedures for the allergist

Leonardi, Andreaa; Borghesan, Francob; Scalora, Taniaa; Modugno, Rocco Luigia; Bonaldo, Alexa

Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: October 2019 - Volume 19 - Issue 5 - p 488–494
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000563
EYE ALLERGY: Edited by Leonard Bielory and Abraham Solomon

Purpose of review The aim of this study is to suggest principles for ocular procedures to be performed by allergists in their offices in helping their diagnosis of ocular diseases and suggest better interactions between allergists and ophthalmologists.

Recent findings Diagnosis of ocular allergy is based on clinical history and signs and symptoms, with the support of in-vivo and in-vitro tests for the identification of the specific allergen. Unfortunately, ocular manifestations are frequently misdiagnosed and not properly managed.

Summary A multidisciplinary allergist–ophthalmologist approach may improve early differential diagnosis and the prognosis of patients with allergic disease and conjunctivitis through shared management and earlier etiological treatment.

aDepartment of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology Unit, University of Padua

bAllergy Service, Padua, Italy

Correspondence to Andrea Leonardi, MD, Department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology Unit, University of Padua, via Giustiniani 2, 35128 Padua, Italy. Fax: +39 049 875 5168; e-mail:

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