Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

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  • If your eyes get dry or uncomfortable when you wear contact lenses, eye drops can offer instant, soothing relief. Vision Direct sells a wide variety of eye drops that can be used to treat many eye conditions, including dry eyes, allergies and infections.

    Available at Vision Direct

    We offer a wide variety of eye drops to help ease the discomfort experienced from irritated or tired eyes, including our bestselling Everclear Eye Drops, which are available exclusively at Vision Direct. These are compatible with most soft contact lenses, including silicone hydrogels like Focus Dailies AquaComfort Plus and Acuvue Moist . Most of our eye drops are available in a small travel-sized bottle, which is ideal for popping into a bag, purse or pocket for easy transportation.

    Thanks to our brilliantly quick delivery service, if you order an in-stock product before 7pm, your eye drops will be dispatched that very day, meaning you spend very little time waiting to feel better!

    How to Choose your Eye Drops

    Over the Counter vs Prescription

    At Vision Direct, we only stock over-the-counter eye (OTC) drops, which can help to soothe some of the most common eye problems, and provide quick, affordable comfort for your eyes. However, if your problem doesn’t seem to go away, or gets worse, you should visit a doctor or an optician who will be able to recommend a more suitable treatment.

    What seems to be the problem?

    Dry Eyes:

    Not only is it uncomfortable to suffer from dry eyes, but it can also impact the quality of your vision. You can experience dry eyes for a variety of reasons, including a lack of sleep, extensive use of a computer screen, and even dehydration. Lubricating eye drops provide a quick and effective way of soothing dry eyes by adding extra tear elements that are already found in the eyes. For this reason they are known as artificial tears, as they add to your natural supply to keep your eyes feeling moist.

    It’s advisable to steer clear of decongestant drops to treat dry eyes. These are suitable for treating red eyes, but can make dry eye symptoms much worse. If you’re experiencing more severe effects, a gel or ointment may be more appropriate. Remember though, these can cause blurry vision for a short period after application, so are best for use just before going to sleep.

    If you suffer from dry eyes, then you may find our advice on Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses useful!

    Redness:

    As mentioned before, decongestant eye drops, also known as whitening eye drops, are effective for resolving red eyes. They are ideal for treating a redness as a cosmetic issue, as opposed to a symptom of something more significant. Using vasoconstrictors, they shrink the tiny blood vessels on the white of your eyes (sclera) to give your eyes a healthier appearance. However, this will not treat an underlying condition, and could in fact make the problem worse, so it is advisable to check with a doctor before using them. It is worth trying lubricating eyedrops first, as the redness may be a symptom of dry eyes.

    Allergic Reactions:

    There’s few things as irritating in the summer as having a lovely, sunny day spoiled by hay-fever. A pollen allergy, as well as many other types, can lead to itchy, red, watery or swollen eyes, all of which are rather unpleasant to have to endure.

    OTC antihistamine eye drops moisten the eye while also stopping the effects of the allergic reaction, preventing the body from unnecessarily responding to what is a harmless substance. Some decongestant eye drops contain antihistamines, but we wouldn’t recommend them for long-term use.

    Again, if OTC antihistamine eye drops don’t seem to improve the situation, then it’s worth visiting a doctor and obtaining prescription eye drops, or other suitable medications. If you’re looking for more information on the causes of allergic reactions and relieving discomfort caused by allergies, feel free to visit our page on allergies and contact lenses.

    Conjunctivitis:

    Conjunctivitis is arguably the most frequently experienced eye infection. You might hear it described as ‘pink-eye’, and probably have heard of some pretty unpleasant ways that you catch it. It's important to distinguish between the different types of conjunctivitis, so you should visit your doctor to decide on the correct course of treatment.

    If you have bacterial conjunctivitis, your eye will usually get very red and sore, and there may be a thick, yellow discharge. Prescription eye drops are the best way to deal with this.

    Differing degrees of viral conjunctivitis can affect you in varying ways. Some cases will just go away on their own, but more serious instances will require treatment. Conjunctivitis can cause red, watery, sore eyes, along with a clear or whitish eye discharge, as well as blurred vision. Using OTC lubricating eye drops, as well as regular ice packs, can help to reduce these symptoms. However, if the symptoms grow worse, you should visit your doctor.

    Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated the same as the allergic reactions, and is not contagious. With all cases of conjunctivitis, make sure the top of the bottle doesn’t make contact with the eye, as this can lead to the infection spreading.

    For more information on conjunctivitis, take a look at our page, which has handy tips on treating and managing it. If you think that you may be experiencing a different infection, arrange to see a doctor, and visit our page on eye infections for help

    Eye Drops for Contact Lenses

    Contact lens wearers can use eye drops to improve their comfort and prevent blurry vision. Eye drops will soothe and moisturise your eye, helping you to wear your lenses for longer without any problems. They can be used to clean the lens as well, removing dirt and debris that may be irritating your eyes or obstructing your vision.

    Remember to check if your eye drops are compatible with your contact lenses before using them. This will reduce the risk of damage to your contact lenses, which could create more problems than the eye drops solve.

    How to Apply Eye Drops:

    Once you’ve applied eyed drops a couple of times, you’ll find it quick and easy to do. If you are unsure, follow these simple steps as recommended by our head optician.

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