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Can eye drops drain down your throat when put into your eye?

Can eye drops drain down your throat when put into your eye?

Yes: The tear duct drains tears (and potentially eye drops) into the nose, just lateral to the inferior turbinate. From there, drops can run down the back of your nose, into your throat. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Is there any possibility that ingredients of nasal sprays go into the eyes and cause problem? Like when eye drops drain into nose and throat?

Is there any possibility that ingredients of  nasal sprays go into the eyes and cause problem? Like when eye drops drain into nose and throat?

Eye/nose connection: Eye drops drain with gravity down the lacrimal ducts into the nose. Ear drops thru Eustachian tubes also drain with gravity into the nose. Nasal drops and aerosols can't work up into the eye (or ear) against gravity like your home plumbing - it's one way. However, a bone defect between nose and orbit (like from fracture or surgery) can cause air or medication from nose into orbit around eye. ...Read more

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I can taste eye drops in throat and nose. Is it dangerous for me to shallow things while having this taste?

I can taste eye drops in throat and nose. Is it dangerous for me to shallow things while having this taste?

Not a problem: There is a plumbing system connecting your tear flow with the inside of the nose. Eyedrops of certain types can be tasted. Consider that anything approved to be put in the eye will have no toxicity in the rest of the body. So there is no danger at all in this; don not worry a bout it. ...Read more

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Mild headache at base of skull, neck discomfort even when moving neck, slight sore throat, mild pain behind eyes, left ear feels like it is draining ?

Mild headache at base of skull, neck discomfort even when moving neck, slight sore throat, mild pain behind eyes, left ear feels like it is draining ?

Ans: Sounds like your sinuses are involved. Try hot fluids to irrigate the see of this makes you feel better. There is also over the counter Benadryl the will dry up the congestion see if that helps you. If no benefit time to see your doctor ...Read more

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Please explain what exactly happens when we put eye drops?

Please explain what exactly happens when we put eye drops?

The eye drop: will coat the surface of your eye and some of the medication will penetrate into the tissues of the eye. The left over parts of the drop will drain into tiny passages in your inner eyelids, into your nose, and into your throat. ...Read more

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I hate having to put in eye drops. Is there an alternate solution to lubricate my eyes permanently?

I hate having to put in eye drops. Is there an alternate solution to lubricate my eyes permanently?

Maybe: You may want to try some of the artificial tear gels, some other alternatives are punctual plugs or lacricerts. A review of your medications may reveal use of antihistamines, anticolinergics or diuretics. Oral supplements of omega fatty acids are available specifically for dry eye. ...Read more

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I keep blinking when I put eye drops in?

I keep blinking when I put eye drops in?

Normal: Your eye has built in reflexes to blink when something. Is coming at it. Try rolling your eyes to the back of your head, pulling the lower lid down, placing the drop on your lower lid. Let me know if this works. Never had this fail. ...Read more

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