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When should I use anti-redness drops for my eyes?

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Use them with caution. If you put them in for more than a few days, they can irritate your eyes and make the redness worse.

If you use them often, your eyes get dependent on them and may get red when you stop using them. Avoid these drops if you have dry eyes.

Sometimes, anti-redness drops also have antihistamines in them, which can relieve itchiness from allergies. But again, you're limited in how much you can use them without bothering your eyes. You're typically better off with allergy drops.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Which Drops Are Best for Your Itchy, Red or Dry Eyes?"

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Eye Allergy Treatment," "Dry Eye Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Dry Eyes," "Important Things to Know About Contact Lenses."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Artificial Tears: A Primer."

NHS: "Dry Eye Syndrome."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Antihistamines: Understanding Your OTC Options."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on June 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Which Drops Are Best for Your Itchy, Red or Dry Eyes?"

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Eye Allergy Treatment," "Dry Eye Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Dry Eyes," "Important Things to Know About Contact Lenses."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Artificial Tears: A Primer."

NHS: "Dry Eye Syndrome."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Antihistamines: Understanding Your OTC Options."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on June 06, 2019

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