Too many people whose use eye drops don’t realize that they’re making the wrong choice for their particular condition. And with so many options to choose from, the confusion is understandable. But the consequences are that if you use the inappropriate kinds of drops for your problem, you may be worsening your symptoms
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Three main kinds of drops treat three common issues: dehydration, allergies and redness. Here’s a guide to which drops to use for which ailment.
Artificial tears: They’re the go-to drops for dry eyes. Their main mission is to keep the surfaces of your peepers moist. Their ingredients want to impersonate natural tears, but because that’s not possible different brands use a variety of ingredients. You might have to experiment with brands to find out which one is best for you. Know that some brands of artificial tears include irritating preservatives. Avoid them if: they annoy your eyes; if you use drops more than five times a day; or if your dry eye is severe. Also know that preservative-free eye drops usually come in single-use vials with snap-off lids.
For allergies: Reach for them when pollen, mold, pet dander and other common allergens make your eyes red, watery and itchy due to your body’s release of histamines. Eye drops for allergies have a drug called an antihistamine, which hinders the histamines.
To clear up redness: They’re also referred to as decongestant drops. An ingredient called a vasoconstrictor minimizes the blood vessels on the eyes’ surfaces. But if you use them for more than three days, they’re likely to enflame your eyes and exacerbate the redness. Another caveat of overuse is a rebound effect. Your eyes will start relying on the drops and might get red when you stop using them. Don’t use these if you have dry eyes.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your optometrist which type of eye drops are best for you.
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By Dr. Shipley & Associates
February 27, 2023