Dry Eye Institute

Ten things to know before buying eye drops

Ten things to know before buying eye drops

  1. When was the last time you had your eyes examined? This is the most important thing to consider. If it has been more than 2 years, this is the starting point.
  2. There are different drops for certain types of dry eyes. Do you need a oi/lipidl based eye drop?
  3. Is it allergy? Some eye drops contain antihistamines to relieve allergy signs and symptoms
  4. Is it an infection? Are you light sensitive, are the eyes red, are you in pain? Do you need more urgent care
  5. Do you wear contact lenses? There are drops made specifically for contact lens wearers
  6. Do you have a preservative sensitivity? Should you be avoiding certain drops in this case and using preservative free drops
  7. Do you require a more viscous drop for night time? Ointments will last longer on the eyes than a standard drop whilst you sleep
  8. Do you know that some eye drops are not good for your eyes e.g. “whitening drops/decongestants”
  9. Do you find a drop difficult to get into the eye? Would a spray be best for you?
  10. Are your eyes strained or tired…you may just need glasses and not drops

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