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During these warmer days, many of us enjoy spending more time outside. For some, that can mean red, itchy, watery eyes. This time of year, the most likely culprit is seasonal allergies.
When the redness and itching is from common allergens such as dust, pollen, mold, or animal dander, over-the-counter eye drops can provide quick relief. If you plan to use drops to help manage your allergy symptoms, here are some tips.
All eye drops are not the same. When choosing an eye drop, think about what is bothering you most and select one that is best for your symptoms:
There are other conditions that may cause your eye to be red or itchy. Some examples are corneal edema, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), or a foreign object in the eye. It is important to contact your doctor before treating at home if you are experiencing any of the following:
Placing drops in your eyes can seem frightening for some, while others may feel squeamish. The truth is, it does not hurt and often it can provide quick relief for your symptoms.
For best and safest results, here is the process:
You should not use most eye drops for more than 72 hours. If you are still experiencing red, itchy, watery eyes after 72 hours of use, stop using the drops and call your doctor.
Feel free to visit us at the pharmacy counter anytime. We care about getting you healthy and helping you stay that way!
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Contributing to this post is Courtney Cameron, University of Rhode Island, PharmD Candidate, 2020