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Dealing With Dry Irritated Eyes Are Visine Drops Recommended Or Not
20 weeks pregnant. Used 2 drops of visine for irritated eyes. Now found out it isn't safe to use during pregnancy. Is my baby gonna be okay? Freaking!
No problem: Almost all medications have a legal disclaimer about taking whatever it is during pregnancy - just to protect the company. Most are not necessary and this is true for Visine which is a saline mixture with no biologically active drugs that will have little distribution into your circulation and none across the placenta to your developing baby. This is not harmful and you can continue to use it. ...Read more
No: Visine is not ideal for chronic use as it contains drugs which constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. Using this drug frequently can cause problems. It is safer to use lubricating drops (artifical tears) which contain no medication. See your eye doctor for other options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dry Eye Syndrome: The vast majority of patients with this symptom have significant dry eye syndrome. You can try other otc drops like systane, optive, genteal, soothe etc, but likely you will find them inadequate as well. See an eye md for accurate diagnosis, and management, which may include the rx drop restasis, plugs in the draining tear ducts, oral supplements, increasing humidity in the environment etc. ...Read more
Get an Exam: Your symptoms may indeed be due to dry eyes, however, other conditions can mimic the same symptoms and would require other treatment. Your history of only 2 days of symptoms would be unusual for dry eye disease, unless you started new medication or had a new exposure to a dry environment. Get your eyes looked at to get a definitive diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical drops: Every company that makes over the counter drops makes some for tear replacement or lubrication of the eye. Go to your pharmacy and find the dry eye section and try a few. Do not use "gets the red out" drops as these are drying. If the condition persists, then see your ophthalmologist for advanced help. ...Read more
Start with: Artificial tears and you can find these over the counter. There are thicker gels and ointments at bedtime. Use as needed but generally apply tears at least 3-4 times a day. Might be a few days before you notice much improvement. Otherwise, see an eye doctor for proper diagnosis. Good luck ...Read more
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