A 42-year-old member asked:
are clear eyes similar to visine eye drops?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Samuel Salamon answered
43 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes...: There are drops that constrict the blood vessels to get the red out, so to speak. Other otc drops are opcon a, zaditor (ketotifen). Lubricants are artificial tears--safest, benign. Visine-type drops can cause rebound if used regularly or overused, then discontinued. If eyes are often or chronically red, see your od or md (or do).
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli answered
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Both brands have different formulations: some are just artificial tears, and some 'get the red out'. The 'red out' ones have vasoconstrictors in them that make the eye look white for a time, but don't address the reason why the eye is red in the first place (e.g., dry eye, allergic eye), and the eye vessels often bounce back to full redness after the drop wears off, especially when used daily.
Answered on May 18, 2019
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