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What can I do to relieve my swollen eyes? Over the counter eye drops?

What can I do to relieve my swollen eyes? Over the counter eye drops?

Need more info: Really need more info as to the cause and location of the swelling. Allergies, dry eyes, trauma, eczema, cellulitis. If its mild, you might try just artificial tears, otherwise best to see your eye md. ...Read more

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My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.

My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.

Several: As you have discovered, computer work is drying due to low blink rate and the dry atmosphere in offices. Good lubricating drops are helpful. Systane and Refresh are among the best. But always try several others as each individual is different and there may be a "perfect" drop for your husband out there. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried prescription eye drops over-the-counter eye drops and my eyes are swollen red itchy, and won't stop watering, what can I do?

What to do if I have tried prescription eye drops over-the-counter eye drops and my eyes are swollen red itchy, and won't stop watering, what can I do?

Allergic Conj-itis: Allergic conjunctivitis can be very annoying. Use cold ice packs if possible when itching sensation starts to stop cycle of allergy. Cold non preserved artificial tears 4-6x/day as needs. MD can Rx mast cell stabilizer to help as well. Steroids used as last resort. Allergy tests can be done early to ID culprits, immunotherapy also; See http://eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com for tiered approach on Rx. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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What should I do about my 5 yr. Olds itchy, red and swollen allergy eyes? Over the counter eye drops don't help. He takes benedrly and zyrtec (cetirizine)

What should I do about my 5 yr. Olds itchy, red and swollen allergy eyes? Over the counter eye drops don't help. He takes benedrly and zyrtec (cetirizine)

See an eye doctor: There are prescription medications that will likely help. Either an antihistamine, or antihistamine combination drop, steroid eye drops are sometimes used acutely for relief. See your ophthalmologist, ask not only for a treatmen, but a plan - what you can do on your own when your child has an exacerbation. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I'm 31 weeks pregnant and have red, itchy and watery eyes. Are mild, over-the-counter eye drops safe for use at this stage or any stage in preg?

Hi doc, I'm 31 weeks pregnant and have red, itchy and watery eyes. Are mild, over-the-counter eye drops safe for use at this stage or any stage in preg?

Yes: They should be fine to use. If you think this is related to allergies, certainly an antihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine) or benedryl can be used too. If you think this is pink eye you may want to be seen sometime this week in case it is a bacterial conjunctivitis and an antibiotic is needed. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter med that I could use to treat the pain in my eye until I pick up my drops?

Is there an over-the-counter med that I could use to treat the pain in my eye until I pick up my drops?

Artificial tears,: It is important to visit your ophthalmologist to find out exactly what is causing your pain. Until then, otc drops such as artificial tears (for dry eye) or naphcon -a (for allergies) may be of some help. ...Read more

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I need some sort of medication for the scratch in my eye, no type of over the counter drops are working?

I need some sort of medication for the scratch in my eye, no type of over the counter drops are working?

Corneal infection?: Some apparent eye scratches are actually infections that require antibiotic eyedrops by prescription. You need to see a doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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Is tropicamide 1% eye drops over-the-counter drug?

Is tropicamide 1% eye drops over-the-counter drug?

No: This is a prescriptive only iris dilator. Why would you want to use this without the advice of your ophthalmologist anyway? It is one of the common chair side drops used for diagnosis and occasional treatment. ...Read more

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Is tropicamide eye drops an over-the-counter drug?

Is tropicamide eye drops an over-the-counter drug?

Nope: Tropicamide, also known as mydriacyl, (tropicamide) is one of several drops used to dilate the pupil during an eye exam. As such, there is no over-the-counter use for it! ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter eye drop can I use for conjunctivitis?

Which over-the-counter eye drop can I use for conjunctivitis?

None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What are the best over the counter eye drops for scratched cornea?

What are the best over the counter eye drops for scratched cornea?

None: No over the countered drops steroid for scratched cornea. You need antibiotic drops or ointments. Self diagnosis is dangerous. Go see an eye doctor ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?

Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?

Provide relief: OTC eyedrops supplement what is missing from your natural tears (volume, composition). They are not curative or a treatment of the underlying pathology. There is no actual permanent treatment. Restasis, a prescription drops for dry eyes, eliminates inflammatory causes for low tear flow but it also is not a cure. Dry eyes are chronic with ups and downs depending upon many factors. ...Read more

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Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease (glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter eye drops like alrex (loteprednol)?

What are some over-the-counter eye drops like alrex (loteprednol)?

None: Alrex (loteprednol) is a steroid. No steroid is available over the counter as you should be following up with an eye doctor when using them. Alrex (loteprednol) is most commonly used for allergies. There are other allergy medications available over the counter (alaway, zaditor) but they do not work the same way as alrex (loteprednol). ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some over-the-counter eye drops that are like alrex (loteprednol)?

I was wondering what are some over-the-counter eye drops that are like alrex (loteprednol)?

Allergies: Allergies cause itching ; tearing. Over-the-counter allergy medicine ; eyedrops help relieve it. Zaditor (ketotifen) is a good eyedrop that used to be prescription. Take one drop 2 x day. ...Read more

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I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?

Tears: Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Last week I had an earache that went away with over the counter drops. Now I woke up with a red eye and pain around eyelid/brow area when touched.???

Probably unrelated: This sounds like conjunctivitis, which may or may not be related to the ear infection, did you have a cold? See your Dr. To determine if the conjunctivitis is viral or bacterial. He/she can provide appropriate treatment for either. ...Read more

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Are there any (safe) over-the-counter products I can buy, to keep eyes moist?

Are there any (safe) over-the-counter products I can buy, to keep eyes moist?

Yes: If you are not sensitive to any particular company' products or preservatives in the slutions, you can use any artificial tear/ lubricant. If you are sensitive, they have preservative free solutions. Some feel better than others and this becomes a personal choice. There are over 70 different brands and variations even withe same product, some are thinner so it depends if you like thin or thick. ...Read more

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With the beginning of spring, my son's eyes get watery a lot. He's 11 years old. Is there something over the counter that you can recommend?

Seasonal allergy: Yes, you can get Cetirizine (Texa). There are many other options, eye drops etc. But that would be a good starting point. ...Read more

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My daughter is having a discharge from her eyes. Can I buy medicine over the counter?

My daughter is having a discharge from her eyes. Can I buy medicine over the counter?

Most don't help: Discharge is most likely a sign of infection, which will not respond well to otc medications. Pus-like discharge may be a bacterial infection, which can be highly contagious, and can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. Viral infections are very common, highly contagious, and are not treatable with antibiotics. Allergy can give a watery discharge with itching. Zaditor (ketotifen) and alaway otc might help. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

What over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines can help dry secretions such as watery eyes. They also help with runny, drippy sneezy and itchy symptoms. If other symptoms don't exist may need an eye medication that can also help with the watery eyes. Please ask your health care professional. ...Read more

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Can you suggest over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

Can you suggest over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

Artificial tears: Although not drugs per se, artificial tears provide a moist barrier to your own rapidly evaporating tears, thus stopping the endless cycle of dryness followed by reflex tearing etc. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended over-the-counter eyedrops for really dry eyes?

What is the most recommended over-the-counter eyedrops for really dry eyes?

Dry eyes!: Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild steroid drops, NSAID drops) or punctal occlusion may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can someone recommend treatments for fine lines under the eyes that do not involve any cosmetic procedures? Like over the counter treatments?

Yes: Eating avocados and taking vitamin E pills also rubbing vitamin E and avocado on these wrinkles avoid smoking cigarettes and stay well hydrated ...Read more