If you are experiencing skin irritation due to air pollution in England, debris, pressure issues, or numb eyes among other eye infections, eye drops is the answer. There are different types of eye drops by different manufacturers recommended for different purposes.
It is important consult a doctor on the appropriate drug before going to the pharmacist. Not every medication will be suitable for you.
Precautions to using eye drops
Eye drops have different chemical components. In most cases, they are too concentrated and can easily interfere with other medications.
If you have an allergy, it is important to let the doctor know prior to use of the medicine. There are thousands of professional eye doctors in England and in London alone, so make sure you consult with one of them. Some people react to tetrahydrozoline, which is a primary component in eye drops. Irrespective of the manufacturer, the contents will be the same because they seek to achieve the same function. The concentration levels might differ but might still have significant effects on your body.
If you have used eye drops before and experienced health effects, you need to let the doctor know. Whether it is rashes or effect on your throat, the doctor should know the severity of the condition while recommending eye drops.
It is also important to inform the doctor or pharmacist if you are on any medication. Before starting any medication, you should also consult. Also, do not pause or stop any medication when you start using eye drops without consultation. A doctor should give clear instructions on how you should handle the medication.
Avoid driving or any activities that require clarity of sight. Eye drops might occasionally blur your vision and affect judgment.
Let all your health care providers know you are using eye drops. Even the dentist should be informed just in case any of their procedures compromise on effectiveness of the drug.
Do not swallow eye drops. Keep away from reach of children. If you happen to swallow the medicine, seek immediate medical attention.
Let the doctor know if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. There might be significant risks to the fetus that can be prevented with prior knowledge.
If you are breast feeding, the doctor should know and advise accordingly.
How to take the eye drops
Just like any other medicine, you have to seek doctor prescription. Eye drops can be available in pharmacists and local health stores and it is easy to fall into temptation of using one because it worked for you previously or a friend has recommended. Eye drops should only be used as per doctor recommendation. Also, you should read all instructions on the provided package to be familiar with any side effects or extra caution from the manufacturer.
- The medicine should only be used for eye related infections
- If the solution changes color, stop using it and consult a doctor
- Do not wear contact lenses while using eye drops
- The contained tip should not touch your eye lid or any part of the skin. Make sure the solution goes only in the eye.
- To drop the solution in the eye, tilt your head backwards and press the bottle. One drop at a time. You can ask someone to help you with applying the eye drops.
- After applying the eye drops, keep your eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes. Also, apply inside pressure on both corners of the eye to help in dissolving the drug.
- Be sure to close the bottle after each dose. It should be kept air tight. This is also to prevent spillage that might compromise on your dosage.
Did you miss a dose?
Apply the eye drops immediately you realize you missed a dose. It should be regular for effective results.
If you notice the skipped dose few hours or minutes to your next dose, let it go and continue with your schedule.
Under no circumstance should you double the dosage to make up for a missed dose. Eye drops have concentrated chemical compositions; over dose can lead to huge damage because the eye is one of the most sensitive organs of the body.
Strictly follow doctor recommendations. Eye drops should only be used if necessary, in this case, treatment of eye infections. Do not use more or less of doctor recommendations. Also, don’t be creative or come up with a secondary function of the drug.
Possible side effects of eye drops
Eye drops rarely cause trouble. However, it is a medicine and it may interfere with your body system depending on the existing condition. You may be using the same drug that was effective in a previous eye infection but this time your body is in a different state and might react. Whether mild or extreme, you need to be keen on any changes in your body organs or system and consult a doctor.
Eye drops can cause allergic reactions evident in rashes, blisters, itching, redness, skin peeling, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, or sudden hoarseness. Some people also experience swelling in lips, mouth, and tongue.
Extreme side effects are change in eye sight, consistent pain on the eye, and consistent irritation.
Do not share your medication with anyone even if the symptoms are exactly the same. Eye irritation can be caused by different elements; also, sharing means you are reducing your dosage and won’t be effective.
Consult the doctor if after several days of medication the symptoms still exist or worsen.