How to use “artificial tears” correctly to reduce the risk of “dry eyes”

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How to use “artificial tears” correctly to reduce the risk of “dry eyes”

An ophthalmologist recommends this if you have symptoms of watery eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, blurred vision, or eye irritation or severe eye pain. After using artificial tears, you should stop using them and see an ophthalmologist immediately. Report from ufabet

Types of artificial tears

Dr. Saijin Isipradit, Director of Mettapracharak Hospital (Wat Rai Khing),  added that There are 4 types of artificial tear products available:

  1. Bottle type: Contains preservatives. Shelf life: 1 month (after opening).
  2. Bottle type: Contains biodegradable preservatives. Shelf life: 1 month (after opening).
  3. Small bulb type, no preservatives added, shelf life 1 day (after opening)
  4. Gel type, ointment (eye smear type) has a shelf life of 1 month (after opening). 

Most doctors recommend using the time before bed. But can use when your eyes feel dry during the day.

How to use artificial tears correctly

The use of artificial tears should be under the guidance of an ophthalmologist and should use carefully according to label instructions. But in general, there are ways to use safely:

  1. You should wash your hands thoroughly before using.
  2. Lift your head to a comfortable position. Then pull the shell down to make room for the artificial tears. 
  3. If it’s a bottle type or the type of ointment tube with a label. The tip of the medicine tube should labeled. Or the tip of the artificial tear bottle is some distance from the eye.
  4. Slowly drip down, generally using about 1 drop. While dripping, keep your eyes on the surface.
  5. After instilling, keep your eyes closed for 1-2 minutes. Do not squint or blink to prevent the from flowing out of your eyes too quickly. 
  6. Wipe off any excess artificial tears with a cotton swab or clean cloth.
  7. Care should be taken not to let the tip of the artificial tear tube come into contact with the eyes, facial skin, or any part of the body. Because it may be contaminated with bacteria causing infection.

At present, artificial tear products are available in many different brands. Therefore, if you have a history of allergic reactions Should be avoided or consult an ophthalmologist before use. or have abnormalities such as watery eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, blurred vision, or eye irritation or eye pain, you should stop using it immediately and see an ophthalmologist. 

Artificial tears suitable for those who use contact lenses.

For those who wear contact lenses It is recommend to use the type without preservatives, the small bulb type can be used for 1 day, and if it is necessary to use together with other eye drops, they should be spaced about 5-10 minutes apart for the effectiveness of the medicine. 

Importantly, all types of artificial tears Once expire, it should discarded immediately. Do not reuse water. And artificial tears should store at room temperature. Not in strong sunlight And there is no need to refrigerate.