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Dry eye occurs when the amount of fluid to moisturize the surface of the eyeball is reduced. To relieve this condition, you can use artificial tear drops
In addition to treating dry eye conditions, eye pain medication containing artificial tears can also be used to treat certain conditions, such as tired eyes, eye allergies, eye irritation, and eye infections.
Benefits of Artificial Tear Drops
Dry eye occurs when the lacrimal gland does not produce enough tears to protect and moisturize the surface of the eye.
Usually dry eyes are characterized by complaints of discomfort, pain, or itching in the eyes, red eyes, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, swollen eyes, and can't see clearly.
To overcome this condition, you can use artificial tear drops. These artificial tear drops work by lubricating and keeping the surface layer of the eye moist.
Types of Artificial Tear Drops
In general, there are two types of artificial tear drops sold in the market, namely products that contain preservatives and those without preservatives:
Eye drops with preservatives
Usually this type of drops are packaged in bottles that can be opened and closed, and can be used several times.Preservatives in eye drops are used to suppress the growth of bacteria, after the bottle is opened.Use of this type of eye drops should be no more than four times a day, because if excessive, it can cause irritation to the eyes.
Artificial tear drops without preservativesThis one eye drop can be identified by its single use packaging. This product is safer to use more than four times, compared to products with preservatives, because the risk of irritation is lower.
If the two types of drugs above don't work to relieve your dry eye complaints, then you can try a product in the form of an eye ointment. Unlike eye drops, eye ointments should be used at night before you go to sleep, because they can make your vision blurry.
To treat dry eyes, do not use eye drops for red eyes. Besides being ineffective for treating dry eyes, red eye medications can also trigger irritation in this condition.
How to Use Drops Correctly
Although the use of eye drops looks easy, there are still people who are confused when doing it. Especially when using it on yourself. In order not to be mistaken, follow these steps when instilling tear drops:
- Wash your hands with soap and water first.
- If you use contact lenses, you should remove them before you put eye drops.
- Lift your head and pull the lower eyelid with your finger, until it forms a pocket.
- With the other hand, hold the eye drop and bring the tip of the dropper closer to the eye. Gently squeeze the medicine package until the liquid drips into the eye bags that you made under the eyes.
- Then close your eyes for 2-3 minutes by lowering your head. Try not to blink and press your eyelids.
- Put your finger into the corner of your eye and apply gentle pressure, so that the eye drops don't go down your nose and mouth.
- Wipe the eye drops that flow around the face area using a tissue.
- If you use more than one drop in the same eye, then wait 5 minutes before adding the next drop.
- Reattach and tighten the cap on the eye drop bottle. Do not touch or rinse the pipette tip.
- Wash your hands to remove any remaining medicine that may still be attached.
Use artificial tear drops for dry eye conditions according to the directions for use on the packaging. Immediately consult an ophthalmologist if dry eye complaints do not improve, even though artificial tear drops have been used.