When you go to your local drugstore, chances are you feel overwhelmed by the number of choices in the eyedrop section. With all these different products and brands, how do you know which are best for you? Today we are going to discuss why eye drops are beneficial and which ones are best for specific conditions and concerns. However, if you ever have a question about using eye drops or are unsure which to buy, we encourage you to contact First Eye Care McKinney. We offer comprehensive eye exams for patients throughout the area and are here to answer any questions you may have. It is our goal to provide our patients with the information and education they need to make the right decisions for the health of their vision.
What Are the Different Types of Eye Drops?
Typically, people who suffer from dry, itchy, or red eyes can benefit from eye drops. If you’ve ever had pink eyes, red eyes, or experienced itchiness, you’ve probably gone to the store for eye drops. In fact, eye drops are perhaps the most common remedy for people with these ailments. That being said, how can you be sure you are choosing the right type? The best way to figure this out is by calling First Eye Care Mckinney and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.
There are many different over-the-counter eye drops available as well as prescription eye drops. However, there are specific circumstances in which one option is better than the other. Let’s look at the most common types of eye drops:
- Eye Drops for Dry Eyes – Dry eyes are a very common symptom that many people face on a daily basis. If you are suffering from dry eyes, lubricating eye drops – or artificial tears – can provide temporary relief. In most cases, over-the-counter eye drops are sufficient. However, if your symptoms worsen or are more severe, you may need prescription eye drops. As there are many different brands of artificial tears, you may need to try out one or two until you find the one you prefer. We are happy to offer recommendations, should you like.
- Eye Drops for Red Eyes – Other common types of eye drops are those aimed at reducing the symptoms of red eyes. Also known as whitening eye drops, they help reduce signs of red eyes by shrinking the tiny blood vessels on the white of the eye. When this occurs, the red blood vessels are less visible. It is important to keep in mind that although these eye drops can eliminate redness, they may be a covering up a more serious problem. In some cases, these eye drops can lead to more redness. If you are suffering from red eyes and are considering eye drops, please make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam so we can ensure your vision is healthy.
- Eye Drops for Allergies – Lastly, eye drops for allergies – or antihistamine eye drops – can help cure itchy eyes due to allergies. You can get these eye drops over-the-counter, however, if your symptoms persist even after taking these drops, you should visit your First Eye Care optometrist to get prescription eye drops.
To learn more about the various types of eye drops and their uses, please contact First Eye Care McKinney today and schedule an appointment.