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What Are Good Otc Eye Drops To Relieve Red Eyes
Tear replacement: Do not use drops that say "gets the red out" as these are drying. Anything that says tear replacement or eye lubrication should be fine. Two good brands are Systane and Refresh. ...Read more
Artificial tears: Redness is a sign of irritation. Dry eye is the most common cause, so try over-the-counter artificial tear drops first. If other things, such as allergies are an issue, than you may need to see the doctor. Try to avoid using 'red-out' drops such as visine on a regular basis. Sometimes, blepharitis is the cause, and eyelid scrubbing with dilute baby shampoo can help. ...Read more
See your eye doctor.: Better to see your eye doctor to determine the cause of the red eye prior to resorting to an over the counter (otc) drop for red eyes. You may require a prescription medication. In my opinion, there is no "best" otc drop for red eyes. When i see a patient that complains of red eyes and has been using an otc drop for red eyes, i generally cringe. Otc drops for red eyes in excess can get the red in. ...Read more
Flushing with water: Washing the eyelids with lots of water or using a contact lens solution to rinse the eyes can be very helpful when your eyes are really itching and watering. Cool, wet towels on the eyes can also relieve some of the itching. These may not give complete relief though, and that's the time when you need medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: There are many causes of redness of the eyes. Several types of inflammatory conditions, allergic reactions, detergents, chemicals, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause redness of the eyes. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Artificial tears: Lubricating eye drops without chemicals that relieve redness are the best drops to start with. If you do not get relief after several days of using the drops 4 times per day, see an eye doctor to evaluate if other treatments would work better for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Some people have itchy eyes from irritants & dollar store eye drops/artificial tears wash will do fine. That can also work for some allergic eye issues by washing out the pollen/etc. Allergan makes an OTC "Zadator" which some find helpful. There are others but some try several before they find one that helps and fits their budget. ...Read more
Eye drops help: There are no real cures for eye allergies, but there are many effective treatments. Over the counter drops like zaditor (ketotifen) work well to control the symptoms. Sometimes you need to treat them with oral medicines like Allegra or zyrtec. See an ophthalmologist if these are not effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Options..: Allergic conjunctivitis: apply cool compress and liberally use artificial tears throughout the day. Practice allergen avoidance measures based on sensitivities. Try over-the-counter ophthalmic antihistamine, one drop to each eye twice daily (Zaditor, Alaway). OTC intranasal steroid sprays can also be helpful. Prescription eye drops like Pataday and Patanol (olopatadine) are effective as well. ...Read more
Unproven & unknown: Similasan eye drops for allergy is a homeopathic remedy containing 3 substances that cause eye irritation. Homeopathy involves using highly diluted substances which cause symptoms when concentrated. Because similasan is so dilute that the risk of adverse effect is quite low. The effectiveness of homeopathic remedies remains controversial & unproven. Still if it works for you, that's great. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it your contact?: You need to be careful what drops you use when wearing soft contacts, generally only preservative free tears or moisture drops specifically formulated for contacts. If your eyes are frequently red in your contacts, though, i wonder if you are having irritation from your solution or your contacts. Are eyes still red when you take a weeklong holiday from your contacts? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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