Eye Drop: Prescription vs. Over-the-Counter

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 9:00am
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When it comes to eye care options for your family, eye drops have a vital role to play. They can help provide relief for itchy or dry eyes, as well as for times your eyes feel uncomfortable when wearing contacts.

But is it possible based on the symptoms you are experiencing you might be using the wrong eye drops?

This question depends on when you should use prescription eye drops or over-the-counter eye drops. Eye drops have multiple uses. Starting with lubricating eye drops, these sort of eye drops are aimed at simply lubricating the eyes when there is discomfort.

These types of drops contain the same elements as tears, which perform the same function.

Rewetting eye drops perform a similar function to lubricating eye drops, except they are used for contact lenses wearers. With rewetting drops it is important to check the label to ensure they can be used with contact lenses. If symptoms persist with over-the-counter drops, you may need to check in with your family eye care professional for prescription eye drops.

And antihistamine eye drops are used to alleviate eye issues common with allergies. If issues persist, prescription eye drops may need to be used.

Regardless of your eye issue, you should consult with your family eye care professional for the best results.