Eye Drops for Pink Eye

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Although pink eye or conjunctivitis is common in one’s life experience, it can still greatly affect our daily activities because of the symptoms one feels and its contagiousness. We always look for the medications that can ease or soothe our symptoms like in the form of eye drops. However, its contagiousness cannot be prevented because it must follow the disease course.

The eye drops to be used in pink eye should depend on the type and the presenting symptoms you want to manage. Each eye drop has a different effect than the other but the goal is the same and that is to manage and cure the infection. However, in the case of viral infection, one cannot really cure it using a medication as it usually disappears when the virus is gone. The treatment focuses only toward easing the symptoms of viral infection.

Generally, viral pink eye does not require medication unless the affected are small children. Supportive treatment like eye drops soothes the symptoms. Never use eye drops that can cause vasoconstriction in treating pink eye. Yes, they are able to get the redness but they can also delay the healing process and in some cases, they can cause eye damage. Choose eye drops which are saline-based and gentle to the eyes such as Similasan’s Pink Eye Relief which is better recommended for viral pink eye. This can be bought over the counter. You may also need over the counter lubricating eye drops to make you feel better.

Bacterial pink eye really makes the eye red and sore and is characterized with a thick greenish to yellowish discharge. It should be treated with antibiotic eye drops which can be prescribed by an eye doctor. You need a doctor’s order to buy the antibiotic eye drops.

For allergic pink eye, you may use over the counter lubricating and antihistamine drops to soothe your eyes. You may also need to take some oral tablets (antihistamine) to alleviate the allergic reaction.

When applying eye drops, make sure to wash your hands first thoroughly and dry them using a clean towel. Check for chips or cracks in the eye dropper. Never touch the tip of the eye dropper with your fingers or hands. Tilt the affected person’s head back and with the use of your index finger, carefully pull down the lower portion of the eye lid. Using the other hand, hold the dropper tip downward close to the affected eye. Be careful not to touch the dropper tip directly to the eye. Gently squeeze the dropper head with the prescribed number of times. Close the affected eye for two to three minutes with head-tipped-downward position. If there’s any excess eye drop solution from the face, wipe it. Put back the eye drop lid and keep the medication in a safe place.

These eye drops are over the counter (aside from antibiotic eye drops) and accessible in any drugstores. However, when symptoms persist, it is important that you ask for a doctor’s advice.

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