One of the largest displays in any pharmacy you've likely noticed, is the over-the-counter eye drops.
With the wind God's loosing their minds this week in southern California, it's time to look at dry eyes and eye drops. Over the counter, or OTC means you can buy these eye drops without a doctor's prescription. To add to the potential confusion, many prescription (Rx) eye drops and ointments can be obtained from a pharmacy only when specifically prescribed by a doctor. Determining which kind of eye drop or ointment is best usually depends on what kind of eye condition you have, such as dryness, itching, swelling, redness, soreness, eye goop, allergies or infection. We all know by now what a dose of Visine can do to ones digestive system, but in most cases, (other than revenge) eye drops are used to lubricate dry eyes and help maintain moisture on the outer surface of your eyes. According to ophthalmologist Dennis Robertson M.D. at the Mayo Clinic, artificial tears may be used to treat dry eyes that result from aging, certain medications, a medical condition, eye surgery or environmental factors, such as smoky or windy conditions. Artificial tears are available without a prescription. There isn't a single brand of artificial tears that works best for every form of dry eyes. In addition to providing lubricating moisture, some artificial tears contain electrolytes, such as potassium and bicarbonate. These additives may promote healing of the surface of the eyes. Artificial tears may also contain thickening agents, which keep the solution on the surface of your eyes longer.
There are two basic types of artificial tears:
- Eyedrops with preservatives. These artificial tears often come in multidose bottles and contain chemicals that discourage bacterial growth once the container is opened. The preservatives may irritate your eyes, especially if you have moderate or severe dry eyes.
- Preservative-free eyedrops. These artificial tears contain fewer additives and are generally recommended if you apply artificial tears more than four times a day. Preservative-free products may come in single-dose vials.
Just follow these basic steps:
- Tilt back your head, so the drops will stay in your eye.
- Gently tug or pull out the lower eyelid near your nose to form a well.
- Keep your eye open.
- Hold the bottle far enough away from your eye that it doesn't touch, and then squeeze.
- Shut your eye for a moment, then blink several times to distribute the eye drop.
- Follow these same steps for eye ointments, and don't let the tip of the tube touch any part of your eye.
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