Eye drops are a key part of your ophthalmologist’s tool kit. Some of the common eye drops you might encounter are:
- Dilating drops during eye exams
- Redness-relieving drops
- Lubricating drops for dry eye
- Itch-relieving (anti-allergy) drops
- Numbing drops before surgery
- Antibiotic drops for some infections
- Pressure-lowering drops for long-term treatment of glaucoma
Because there are so many kinds of eye drops, it’s hard to generalize about them. But there are a few things that are true for all eye drops.
Listen to Your Doctor
Your ophthalmologist can tell you what you need to know about any eye drops that you’re prescribed, that are used in a procedure or that you can buy over the counter. Never put anything in your eye that isn’t made to go in your eye.
Use the Drops as Recommended
Make sure to put in the right amount of eye drops at the right time. For prescription drops, follow your doctor’s advice. For over-the-counter eye drops, follow the instructions on the package.
Actually Get the Drops in Your Eye
It can be tricky to get drops into your eye without spilling, missing or using more than you need to. Learn how to put in eye drops and get help if you need it.