Dangers of over-the-counter eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Many people attempt to treat eye redness and irritation with over-the-counter eye drops. However, over-the-counter eye drops can lead to more problems than they solve.

Eye Redness

Most drops that claim to “get the red out” contain ingredients that will constrict the blood vessels of the eye for a short time but can lead to more redness as they wear off. These drops can be effective in masking the symptoms of redness, but they don’t do anything to alleviate the original cause of the redness.

Dry Eyes

Artificial tear drops can be helpful in treating dry eye, although most contain preservatives. Using a drop with preservatives more than 2-3 times per day can lead to more dryness and irritation of the eye’s surface. If your eyes become red, irritated or itchy, it is always best to visit an eye doctor first to determine the cause of the discomfort in order to properly treat the issue.

Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers to learn more about how red, dry or irritated eyes can be treated.

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

The proper way to instill eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Instilling eye drops can be challenging for some people. Remember that it’s your eyes’ natural defense mechanism that causes you to blink when something is coming towards them.  Knowing a proper technique can allow for easier and safer insertion.

Step 1: Wash your hands.

Step 2: While looking up, pull down your lower eye lid using your non-dominant hand.

Step 3: Using your dominant hand, hold the eye drop bottle approximately half an inch away from your eye and squeeze the bottle to dispense one drop. Be careful not to allow the tip of the bottle to touch any part of your eye or eyelid, as this can cause a bacterial contamination.

Step 4: Release your lower lid and blink your eyes as needed.  Refrain from rubbing your eyes or wiping them with a tissue; this may cause less than optimal absorption of the eye drop.

Let us know if you have any questions!

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus Ohio locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

Eye Drops are Meant to Drop in Your Eyes

Many people have trouble putting eye drops in their eyes when their optometrist prescribes them for them. Besides the obvious of dropping it right in the eye, there are a few tricks to getting eye drops in the eyes. One is to pull down on the lower lid while looking up slightly. The lower lid forms a little pouch, which the drops can be dropped into. The lower lid would be released and a few blinks would distribute the drop across the eye. Another trick is to tip the head back so that the eyes are pointed at the ceiling. With the eyes closed, the drop can be placed in the corner of the eye nearest the nose. Opening the eyes and tilting the head toward the ear on the same side will allow the eye drop to run into the eye. This would then be repeated for the other eye.

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