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Eye Drops: Pros and Cons

Beauty female eye with curl long false eyelashes - macro shot over white backgroundAre you someone that regularly uses eye drops? If your eyes are irritated due to allergies or a computer, it can be extremely uncomfortable without the use of eye drops. But are eye drops good for our eyes? Are they safe? We are going to dive into the pros and cons of eye drops so you get all the facts!

The whole point of eye drops is that they replace the natural tears that your eyes have stopped producing. Eye drops, also known as artificial tears, work to help alleviate any irritation or dryness. When you use the right type of eye drops, your eyes feel moisturized and relieved. During rough allergy seasons, eyes can burn and become extremely irritated. Eye drops are definitely the answer during situations like that.

Another positive to using eye drops, is that they help heal tiny scratches if you were to get a fleck of dust or dirt in your eye. Eye drops can expedite the healing process of these types of injuries and they also help to flush out any debris that may still be caught.

To sum up the pros of eye drops:

  • They moisturize and lubricate dry eyes
  • Help to soothe irritated eyes
  • Help to heal mini scratches on the eyes

As much as eye drops can bring soothing relief to irritate eyes, they can also have a negative impact on your eyes. There are many brands of eye drops that contain preservatives that are known to trigger certain allergic reactions for some people. Having irritated eyes which then become even more irritated is not the way to go.

Using eye drops constantly can even mask the real problem at hand. Some medicines cause dry eyes, so rather than treating with eye drops you might need to change your medicine.

To sum up the cons of eye drops:

  • Some contain preservatives
  • May cause more irritation
  • Could cover up the real issue

Each person is different. Some brands of eye drops may work for some people, and not for others- everyone is different. To avoid any issues with your eyes, it is best to consult the experts of Riviera Optometry on the right brand of eye drops for you. Give us a call if you have any questions about what type of eye drops to use!

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  1. Optique of Denver Reply

    Great post! Wonderful recommendation about treating the cause and not the symptoms. Check out our short list of artificial tears that can be used for contact lens induced dry eye:

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