VIDEO 05 - WHAT DROPS TO USE AND NOT TO USE + WHAT CAUSES RED EYES
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Visine and Clear Eyes are the most frequently used eye drops available on the market. What if I told you that these drops could actually make your dry eyes worse? All “redness-reliever” drops do, in fact, remove the redness from your eyes, but your eyes also get addicted to the redness remover, making you rely on the drops even more than before to keep your eyes white. This is a fantastic marketing technique by those companies! You’re forced to continue purchasing the eye drops in order to keep your eyes white.
Also, when your eyes are red and irritated, there is usually an underlying cause. Figuring out the cause by seeing a practitioner is always best. Here is a basic guide to why your eyes might feel like they do and what to do about it.
Dry Eye Syndrome: We have discussed this in much depth in previous lessons. The most common symptom of dry eye syndrome is burning. Warm compresses and omega-3’s are a great starting point to get the oils moving and increase the quality of the oil your glands produce. If you need a drop, the over-the-counter drop we prescribe the most is Retaine MGD.
Viral Conjunctivitis (what you know as "Pink Eye"): This condition is contagious! You may notice redness, watery eyes, and general discomfort. This may spread from one eye to the other over the course of a few days. There is no treatment for "pink eye" since it is viral. Frustrating, I know!
Bacterial Conjunctivitis: Often accompanied by yellow, goopy discharge. Eyelids are often stuck together in the morning. This can be treated by cleaning the eyelids better morning and night. We use Ocusoft Lid Scrubs both morning and night before washing your face. An antibiotic can be prescribed if discharge is not resolved after a few days of Ocusoft Lid Scrub use.
Allergic Conjunctivitis: This condition will cause intense itching, especially in the corners of the eyes. Eyes will be watery as well. A great over-the-counter drop for itchy eyes is Alaway. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor if you're still not getting relief with Alaway.
Contact Lens Complications: There are MANY conditions that fit into this category. Some contact lens complications can be sight threatening. Symptoms are often intense redness, pain, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Give your optometrist a call immediately!
Contact Lens Dryness: If your contact lenses are dry, switching to a more frequent replacement lens, such as daily disposables (lenses that you throw away every day), is best. If you do not throw your contact lenses away daily, switch to a solution without preservatives, such as ClearCare (please read the use instructions). If the above is still not working, then using Retaine CMC artificial tears as needed is a great way to supplement the above.
As you can tell, an exam is essential to make sure you get the correct treatment for red eyes. This does not mean you should call your nearest Urgent Care center...most eye doctors are always on call and would be happy to see you, even on weekends!
Here is your quick-list reference for eye drops
NEVER USE - Visine, Clear Eyes,Rohto, Maximum Redness Relief
What We Use In Our Clinic:
- Dry Eye Symptoms → Retaine MGD and Refresh Advanced Preservative-Free
- Contact Lens Dryness → Retaine CMC
- Nighttime Dryness → Retaine PM
- Itchy Eyes → Alaway
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