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Over The Counter Eyes Drop
When my eyes feel dry, what is the better choice of over-the-counter eye drops to buy? I don't usually need/wear my glasses everyday/all day.
Non-preservative: Non-preservative-containing eye drops are recommended, but evaluation for underlying cause is important. ...Read more
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
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
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
Puffy, swollen (swishy) eyes, between upper eye lid and eyebrow. I've recently been using over-the-counter eye drops to relieve irritated, watery eyes?
I've got eye allergies for a week now which have been making me rub my eyes like crazy. So got an over the counter anti histamine eye drop and also I took claritin on days when it was really bad. My inner eyes get very itchy. How long can I continue?
Deal with the offending ALLERGEN. For example do you own a PET??? (Particularly small animals)
See a Board Certified ALLERGIST for some TESTING
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Eyes get red, itchy, and swell aggravated. I have tried over-the-counter allergy medicines along with eye drops. Nothing helps. Do I need a eye doctor?
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
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
Is there an over-the-counter med that I could use to treat the pain in my eye until I pick up my drops?
I need some sort of medication for the scratch in my eye, no type of over the counter drops are working?
No: No otc meds can change the color of your sclera. ...Read more
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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
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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None OTC: Sorry, the current eye pressure lowering drops require a prescription. ...Read more
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
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
My inside of my right eye is swelling and was wondering if I could get eye drop from over-the-counter. Thank you?
Need exam: There are many types of eye drops, only an exam can it be determined what type of drops or even if you need drops. ...Read more
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
Is there anything I can use over-the-counter for severe pink eye? I seen a doctor drops I currently have seem to not be working.
No: Thiscan be vral, mixed or even reaction to other drops. See your eye md. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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
Naph con a: If your symptoms are due allergies naph con a helps with allergic eyes. ...Read more
Can someone recommend treatments for fine lines under the eyes that do not involve any cosmetic procedures? Like over the counter treatments?
I woke up with a small headache, above my eyes and my eyes felt big. My neck hurt bad and I took some over-the-counter meds now its back what is it?
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