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How Long Can You Use Steroid Eye Drops
Frequent use : Frequent use leads to tolerance and ineffectiveness. Everyday use will leave your eyes more injected than ever. Occasional use is ok, but for treating the underlying cause if redness or itching, there are better things your doctor can recommend. ...Read more
Patience: All ointments when applied to the eye create as a necessary portion of their effect, a smeary thin layer over the front of the eye through which vision becomes a little disturbed. This will settle down over a 5-15 minute interval and the vision will settle in at its best. Don't apply the medication just before an important visual task (like driving) but hopefully it is treating your problem. ...Read more
Can you use Lubricant eye drop like Visine tears, dry eye relief as long as you want? or they are same as decongestant drops? does lubricant eye drops help clearing allergens?
Artificial tear yes: You can use artificial tear without an active medication for as long and as frequent as you want if it contains no preservative (single-use). If it does contain a preservative (multi-use) then using the drop more than 4 times daily may induce corneal edema. Artificial tear may reduce eye allergy symptoms by rinsing off the allergens and mediator and is not a vascular decongestant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What eye drop?: If by regular eye drop, you mean artificial tears, then yes you can use these lubricating drops at least 5 to 10 minutes after maxidex (dexamethasone) ( you do not want to wash maxidex (dexamethasone) out ! ). If your regular drops are prescription drops or anything beside lubricating drops, you should consult your eye doctor. ...Read more
See directions: For prescription and over the counter steroid sprays: close one nostril with your finger and insert the spray in the open nostril. Squirt once and do the same with the other nostril. If the directions indicate 2 sprays in each nostril repeat the process. A little drip from the nose is normal. Try not to blow your nose for 5-10 minutes after spraying. Do NOT exceed the recommended sprays ...Read more
Only for infection: Trifluridine (viroptic) is usually used for herpetic viral infections of the eye. The usual dosage is one drop 8-9x/day for 1 week and then tapering the medication down for the 2nd week. Chronic and prolonged usage of this medication may cause corneal toxicity so the patient should be monitored carefully during treatment. There are other alternatives including anti viral gels and oral pills. ...Read more
Allergies : Itching of the eyeballs often seasonal can be helped by the use of antihistamine eye drops that may be purchased over the counter. Examples are Zaditor ™ and Alaway™. These may be used twice daily. For more serious allergic conditions, an examination to review the eyes will be Necessary. Additionally, if you're aware of what triggers the allergic symptoms, avoidance is best. Good luck. ...Read more
30 minutes: Almost all my patients go to bed after instilling their prostaglandin analogue (travatan), therefore they are not wearing their contact lenses. I don't recommend sleeping in contacts. For the people who use anti glaucoma medications in the morning, i recommend waiting at least 30' before inserting contact lenses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-5 minutes: It takes 3-5 minutes for the glaucoma medicine to be absorbed into the eye. You can increase absorption by placing your finger in the corner of your eye and pressing gently. This blocks the small tube that drains the medicine out of your eyes and into the nose. You lose about 1/2 of the medicine if you do not do these steps. ...Read more
Depends: If the drops have been prescribed by an ophthalmologist for a specific reason or disease, then you should only stop with his or her permission. If the drops are yours, especially over the counter, you can always stop and see if the symptom you are treated is still present or not. ...Read more
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