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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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Swollen Eyes (Definition)

Swollen eyes = puffiness or edema/ excess fluid ...Read more


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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

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I have a stye in my eye and its swollen what can I take to relieve the swelling its been two days? Is there anything over the counter?

Compresses: I would try very warm moist compresses (as warm as you can tolerate) for 15 minutes every few hours. That can help "draw out" the infection and swelling. Do not squeeze it or try to drain it yourself. If you've had it more than a few days or it's causing discomfort or vision problems, see your doctor who may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Ask a pharmacist for otc treatments. ...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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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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What can relieve swollen eyes caused by allergies?

What can relieve swollen eyes caused by allergies?

See below: There is an otc eye drop, zatidor, which will help. You can also try visine for allergies or naphcon a. ...Read more

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How to relieve my puffy, swollen eyes in a few hours?

Swollen eyes: Eyelid swelling can be relieved by cold compresses & mild hydrocortisone cream. I would suggest however that you consult an ophthalmologist to determine the possible causes for the swelling. ...Read more

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My eyes are swollen and irritated it wasn't swollen before I put an eye drops on it. My nose bleed also and I feel like I'm going to have a fever. Why?

My eyes are swollen and irritated it wasn't swollen before I put an eye drops on it. My nose bleed also and I feel like I'm going to have a fever. Why?

Eye swelling: If these are prescription eye drops call your ophthalmologist and report this problem. If they are nonprescription eye drops stop applying them. Perhaps you're experiencing a viral or allergic reaction with nasal congestion explaining the nose bleed. See your physician or an ophthalmologist if you have continuing eye inflammation or visual difficulties. You can take Tylenol as needed for fever. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve swollen eyes?

What are some ways to relieve swollen eyes?

Swollen eyes: Is it from ;lack o fsleep or infection or foregn body? Remedies are different for each one. ...Read more

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The inside corner of my eye is swollen. Any eye drops I can use for this?

The inside corner of my eye is swollen. Any eye drops I can use for this?

Depends: Without knowing the cause of the swelling, it's hard to say. I would recommend seeing an ophthalmologist to diagnose your problem. She/he could then advise appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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After removing a bug from my eye my eye lid is red and the lid is swollen. What can I do to sooth it. Eye drops?

See doctor: Although this may well be from the inflammation from the bug bite, the absence of itching makes me more concerned about an infection. You should ask your doctor to take a look at it. ...Read more

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My left eye is hurting and it's kind of swollen. Can I use akwa tears renewd lubricant eye drops sterile? But it's says expire 4/13. Cab I still use?

No: Akwa tears are artificial tears. The expiration date is fine, but if your eyes hurt and are swollen, it is unlikely due to just dry eyes alone. You should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can muro128, 5%saline drops be used4 swollen inflammed cornea? Which occurred due to use of herbal eye drops. Some says it is used only4edema please clear!

Can muro128, 5%saline drops be used4 swollen inflammed cornea? Which occurred due to use of herbal eye drops. Some says it is used only4edema please clear!

Muro 128 Hypotonic: Muro 128 can be used to extract water out of an edematous cornea from most causes (though would avoid if previous chemical toxicity or herpes infection). Most often we used it after cataract surgery or for fuchs corneal dystrophy. Avoid obviously herbal eye drops if your md has said they are causing corneal swellling. No case reports to date of such thing happening: if true, should be published. ...Read more

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My eye is red and it keep watering. Why is it doing that? I put eye drops in my right eye. That's the one that is red and keep watering. Its little swollen too

My eye is red and it keep watering. Why is it doing that? I put eye drops in my right eye. That's the one that is red and keep watering. Its little swollen too

There: There are too many reasons to list for redness and watering. Redness and watering are signs that you have a problem with your eye and you need to seek the care of an ophthalmologist. Causes could include a foreign body, a corneal ulcer, or even inflammation inside of the eye all of which are emergency reasons for care. ...Read more

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On Friday something got in my eye & has been bothering me. I brought eye drops but it's not helping eyelid got swollen. Do I need to got to doctor?

See an ophthalmologi: You should see an ophthalmololgist. He will have the equipment to examine the eye under high magnification to see a corneal abrasion or a foreign body.

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The stye on the inside of my lower eyelid just popped itself, should I be worried? It's still swollen. Should I get eye drops or just leave it?

The stye on the inside of my lower eyelid just popped itself, should I be worried? It's still swollen. Should I get eye drops or just leave it?

Drainage is good: Lucky for you that your stye spontaneously popped and drained. You can accelerate the rest of the healing with frequent application of warm (not hot) soaks. Antibiotics are of no help. You can use lubricating eye drops to help keep the area clear and clean. ...Read more

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my doc says I have Blepharitis, my eyelid is so swollen and hurts to blink and its red. He gave me some eye drops and penacillin. Will that help?

my doc says I have Blepharitis, my eyelid is so swollen and hurts to blink and its red. He gave me some eye drops and penacillin. Will that help?

I hope so: Drops and if infected-an oral antibiotic as well, is certainly appropriate care for blepharitis, . so I hope you get well soon. Best wishes. ...Read more