Having well lubricated eyes can help you see and keep your eyes comfortable and healthy. You don’t appreciate the natural tears that keep your eyes comfortable until, for some reason, you lack them or don’t have enough. Eye drops are something you should always have on hand in case you suffer eye irritation.
- Conjunctivitis (pinkeye): This is an infection or irritation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane lining your eyelid which covers your eye. If it’s a bacterial or viral infection you may be prescribed antibiotic drops. If allergies, smoke or chemicals are the cause you may get anti-inflammatory eye drops.
- Contact lens re-wetting : It’s common for those wearing contact lenses to have eyes that feel dry or gritty. Drops can help. Choose one designed for use with contacts. Others may discolor your lenses or temporarily change their fit.
- Infected cornea (keratitis): This could be caused by contact lenses which lead to a bacterial or parasitic infection. You may be prescribed antibacterial eye drops if it’s minor. With a more severe infection you might need antibiotic drops or surgery.
- Dry eye: As we age our bodies make fewer, lower-quality tears. Supplementing them with eye drops can help. Signs include,
- Sandy or scratchy sensation
- Burning or stinging
- Red eyes
- Eye discharge
- Vision changes
- Allergies: Your eyes may feel itchy, your eye may tear, get red or there could be watery discharge, stinging and burning. You could try artificial tears or drops that containing antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, decongestants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or prescription corticosteroids.
- Glaucoma: This causes increased fluid pressure in the eye. Early in the condition eye drops may reduce how much fluid is in your eye and result in fluid draining out. Eye drops may prevent those with high eye pressure from suffering from glaucoma.
- Herpes simplex eye infection: Early symptoms of this viral infection can be a painful sore on your eye surface or eyelid and an inflamed cornea. An antiviral eye drop or gel may prevent eye injury.
You may suffer from occasional dry eyes. Use artificial tears that are widely available at pharmacies or grocery stores. If the problem continues, you feel pain, your eyes turn red or your vision is affected, call our office. The vast majority of times dry eye is just a minor irritation, but it may also indicate something more serious that requires medical attention.
If you suffer from chronic dry eyes or eye drops bought over the counter aren’t helping your situation, contact the Lehigh Valley Center for Sight at 610-437-4988 or fill out our contact form so we can start the conversation and work together to protect your sight.