No matter what type of eye problem you have, there is an eye drop that will relieve most symptoms. Figuring out which ointment or drop to choose is dependent upon your condition:
- Eye discharge
- Pinkeye (infection)
Consult your eye doctor should any of these conditions develop to determine the severity, as well as the cause, and to discuss the best treatment.
Prescription VS. Over-the-Counter Eye Drops
There are two different categories of eye drops available: prescription (RX) and over-the-counter (OTC).
Under most circumstances, OTC drops are most convenient and cost-effective.
However, if symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to obtain a prescription upon visiting your eye doctor to prevent eye infections.
Dry Eyes and Eye Drops
Artificial tears, also known as lubricating eye drops, are used for short-term relief. They provide relief for those who are using computers for a prolonged period of time, outdoors in constant wind, in constant sun, or overtired.
PROPER USE OF EYE DROPS
Using eye drops is actually quite simple, but most people do know this.
Here are some simple steps:
- To allow drops to say in the eye, tilt head back.
- Pull lower eyelid toward nose.
- Do not close eye.
- Do not touch bottle to eye, and then squeeze.
- Close eye for a brief moment, blink quickly to distribute fluid.
Follow these steps for ointment, remembering not to touch the tube’s tip to your eye.
Avoid using decongestant drops for dry eye because they can worsen the problem over time.
Redness and Dry Eyes
Vasoconstrictors are contained within decongestant eye drops, which are used for the elimination of red eyes through the shrinkage of blood vessels.
Be sure to determine specifically what is causing your red eyes with your eye doctor before using decongestant eye drops for a long period of time. Over time, your eyes will begin developing a tolerance to these drops and additional redness could occur.
When redness occurs from being overtired, lubricating eye drops available OTC works best.
For those who are experiencing red eye due to seasonal allergies, OTC lubricating eye drops also work best for this type of relief as well.
NEWS ABOUT EYE DROPS
DROPin eye drop instiller
This device allows you to get the drops into your eyes, rather than all over yourself.
The DROPin Eye Drop Assist is a plastic device that simply allows users to position the tip of the eye drops they’re using directly over their eye for the easier use of their medications and lubrication solutions.
All users have to do is remove the bottle’s cap, place the bottle through the hole of the device, and bring the DROPin to their face with its end cupped around their nose. The only thing they have to do is ensure the tip of the dropper is centered over their eye, tip their head back, and give the bottle a squeeze. One hand can hold open the eye, and one hand can use the DROPin because it only takes one hand to use.