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Are eye drops safe?

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Some eye drops have medicine while others don't. Over-the-counter products that ease allergy symptoms or get rid of red eyes contain a type of decongestant called a vasoconstrictor. They can cause "rebound" swelling and redness, which may lead to chronic eye redness. The redness may even get worse with continued use. Ask your eye doctor which eye drops are safest for you.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

World Health Organization.

FDA.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

International Society for Refractive Surgery/American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gimbel Eye Centre.

Myers, T. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update, June 2005.

Medical News Today: "Risk of Glaucoma in Patients With Elevated Eye Pressure Can Be Predicted by Model," "Lazy Eye Treatment Beyond Patches and Daily Drops," "Expert Develops Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Method to Replace Eye Drops," "Delivery Improvements of the AMD-drug Lucentis on the Way."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 26, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

World Health Organization.

FDA.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

International Society for Refractive Surgery/American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gimbel Eye Centre.

Myers, T. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update, June 2005.

Medical News Today: "Risk of Glaucoma in Patients With Elevated Eye Pressure Can Be Predicted by Model," "Lazy Eye Treatment Beyond Patches and Daily Drops," "Expert Develops Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Method to Replace Eye Drops," "Delivery Improvements of the AMD-drug Lucentis on the Way."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 26, 2020

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