How does the severity of ocular allergy symptoms affect the way eye care providers treat their patients? Walt says it is more important to be proactive than reactive. After asking patients about their symptoms, he will utilize site-specific therapy and medications with a higher rate of compliance. Andy agrees, but also uses topical steroids when patients need stronger treatment. He says that although steroids may have side effects, they are very effective for treating allergies, reducing inflammation, and normalizing tissue when used correctly.