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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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Swollen Eyes (Definition)

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What can relieve swollen eyes from allergies? Otc eyedrops ok to use?

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 more

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My eye doctor told me to use zylet 4 times a day every hours . But the eye drops caused me to have a allergic reaction and blurry swollen eyes ?

My eye doctor told me to use zylet 4 times a day every hours . But the eye drops caused me to have a allergic reaction and blurry swollen eyes ?

Stop and see eye MD: Zylet is a steroid and antibiotic drop. Side effects include burning, stinging, hypersensitivity or allergy. Blurry vision a rare side effect, this could be due to allergy or corneal changes but could also be due to an increase in eye pressure (from the steroid). You should inform your doctor, stop the drop ; have an eye exam to check your eye pressure. Try using artificial tears in the meantime. ...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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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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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 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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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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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

Dr. Jeffrey Gold
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Eye Swelling (Definition)

Eye swelling is due to buildup of fluid in ...Read more