A Quick Guide On Proper Selection And Application Of Dry Eye Drops
Patients diagnosed with dry eyes are often recommended to use dry eye drops like artificial tear solutions to relieve the drying effect instantly. With our mission to continuously update you with dry eye help tips here is a quick guide on the purchase and right application of artificial tears and other lubricants.
2 types of artificial tear drops
Artificial tears with preservatives
These types of artificial tear solutions contain certain preservative ingredients (chemicals) to prevent any growth of bacteria once the bottle is opened. Some patients may react with these preservatives and cause irritation to the eyes, so careful observation is advised to the patient when using the artificial tears with chemicals. There are many over the counter artificial tears and some may be harmful and some may be beneficial. Your dry eye evaluation will determine the best product to use.
Eye drops without preservatives
There are artificial tears that don’t have preservatives and only come in single dose vials. They can be used more than 4 times a day for the treatment of moderate to worst cases of dry eye symptoms.
How to apply artificial tear solutions?
Putting medicated eye drops may be a bit tricky for first-time users, as our eyes have a natural defense mechanism to blink instantly the moment they feel some foreign body or element entering the eyes. In fact, some patients would require the assistance of another individual in the application of artificial tears or require a good deal of practice before they get used in putting the artificial tears.
Step-by-step eye drops application instruction guide
- Make sure the hands are washed thoroughly before applying the artificial tears or ointments inside the eyes.
- Try looking in one direction and pull down the eyelid using your one hand.
- Using the other free hand to hold the bottle about half inch away from the eye, squeeze slowly the bottle to release the required amount of drops. Make sure the tip or nozzle of the bottle doesn’t touch the part of your eyelids to avoid bacteria contaminating the opening of the bottle.
- Relax your lower eyelid and blink the eyes once the eye drop set inside the eye surface. Avoid touching or rubbing the eyes. Close your eyes momentarily to ensure complete absorption of the eye medication. Closing your eyes will allow the drop to work better and even sting less if there is any stinging potential. One eye drop is larger than an eye can retain anyway so there will always be overflow onto the eyelids.
Artificial tear solutions and other over-the-counter medicated dry eye lubricants can provide immediate relief for any dry eye symptoms, but when the drying effects aggravate and prevent the individual from doing his/her daily chores, immediate consultation with Dr. Jackson must be done to avoid further complications or harm done to the affected eye(s).
Getting your eyes fully examines is your initial step to help get a more accurate diagnosis of your present eye condition and find the real cause of your dry eye disease. Once the problem is discovered, effective eye care measures are given as part of the dry eye therapy treatment.