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Lubricant Eye Medication
Dry eye cure: There is no specific cure for dry eye. It is a chronic problem. You can decrease your need for artificial tears by having punctal plugs placed by your eye doctor though and many patients have a significantly decreased need for lubrication drops after this is performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes & get checked: Otc lubricating drops are fine to continue using, but if your discomfort continues, you should get checked out by your family doc or an eye dr. Dry eyes can be caused by anything from the weather to medication side-effects to underlying diseases, etc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Why do lubricant eye drops need to be put into the conjuctival sac and is there any other way they can be administered?
Yes: It really doesn't matter where you put them, as long as they get in your eye. Most people find putting them in the conjunctival sac easier because you don't "see it coming" and the conjunctiva is less sensitive than the cornea. But you can drop them directly on your eyeball as well. Just be careful not to poke yourself in the eye with the dropper bottle. ...Read more
Is an emergency consult required and what is the probable diagnosis? 23y female with sudden cloudiness of vision in left eye. Started 1 week ago. Was initially on and off. Has been continuous assoc with congestion since 4 days. Have been using lubricant e
Not really: These drops are vaso-constrictors that constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. They should only be used for a short time. Long term usage can cause rebound vaso-congestion which results in worsening redness in the eyes when the drop is not used. Using it more than a few times a day for a few weeks is likely too long. Artifical tears are better for a lubricant. ...Read more
Possibly: It depends on how dry your eyes are and whether there are any related changes on your cornea that only an eye doctor with special equipment can observe and document. You may be able to have an upper and/or lower blepharoplasty but check with your eye doctor first. If you proceed your eyes may become more dry (at least temporarily) and you may need to use eye drops more often and/or add eye gel. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It's okay to use alcons tears natural free (lubricant eye drops) on top of my contact lenses right?
Yes: Artificial tears are replacement drops for individuals whose tear production may be low or if their tasks result in high evaporative tear loss, such as reading, computer use, windy activities outside to name a few. Many commercially available tear replacement drops are available, and all work satisfactorily. If more severe dry eye problems exist, see an eye md for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thirty five yr old female. Cornea Transplants in the past. Great PM eye lubricant ointment brand for dry eyes?
Little difference: Nightime lubricant ointments are all purified petroleum. Read the labels and you will see little difference in the major components. Start with the least expensive (house brand), and that should work well for you. ...Read more
I see a circle in my left eye vision this morning. The circle travels following my eye movement. I put lubricant eye drop. It didn't help. ?
Visual defect: If the sensation of a defect ("circle") in your visual field persists for more than 20 minutes you should see an ophthalmologist. Spots ("floaters") are common, and usually benign, unless numerous and persistent. Large defects than this that are persistent could be a sign of retinal tear or vitreous degeneration. Get it checked. ...Read more
My "Refresh Plus" lubricant eye drops expired back in 2008. They are preservative-free and the containers are sealed/unopened. Is it safe to use them?
If sealed it is OK: There is nothing in Refresh plus that would decay unless stored in excessive heat. As long as the bottle/ container is undisturbed and the solution within them appears clear, you can use them. ...Read more
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