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Q: OTC eye drops ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: OTC eye drops
Category: Health
Asked by: go9ers-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 25 Apr 2002 09:52 PDT
Expires: 25 May 2002 09:52 PDT
Question ID: 5151
Please inform me of a safe Over The Counter eye drop solution to get
the red out of my eyes.  I wear contacts.
Subject: Re: OTC eye drops
Answered By: penguin-ga on 25 Apr 2002 11:16 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Go9ers!

Here is a list of a few O-T-C eye drops that will be safe for use with
your contact lenses.
They are available at your local Walgreens or you can order them

Opcon-AŽ Eye Drops combine an antihistamine with a redness reliever
for the temporary relief of itchy, red eyes. It is recommended to
remove your contact lens before applying the drops.
Bausch & Lomb:  Vision Care

All Clear™ redness reliever/lubricant eye drops contain a dual action
formula that both relieves redness and soothes and protects with a
lubricant. The fast acting formula temporarily relieves redness while
a lubricant provides soothing relief from irritation. It is
recommended to remove your contact lens before applying the drops.
Bausch & Lomb:  Vision Care

All Clear ARŽ lubricant eye drops/redness reliever contain a dual
action formula, which has the maximum level of redness reliever to
provide relief from irritation due to pollen, ragweed, and dust. Also
contains a lubricant to provide soothing relief from dryness and
irritation.  It is recommended to remove your contact lens before
applying the drops.
Bausch & Lomb:  Vision Care

If your eyes are red and you wear contacts, I recommend a visit to
your ophthalmologist to treat the cause of the redness
(conjunctivitis). “According to Dr. Granet, most causes of red eye are
either allergic, viral, or bacterial.”
“Differentially Diagnosing Allergic Conjunctivitis “
Medical Association Communications

Here’s  some useful information from Google Groups. 
“In general eyedrops shouldn't be used with contact lenses because the
lens can absorb the eye drop and result in a concentrated buildup of
the solution.”
“FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Vision and EyeCare Part 2/5” Copyright
(C), (1995  Grant Sayer) 3.6.12  “Can I use eyedrops with my contact

Additional Websites that may interest you: 

Here’s some information about why your eyes may be red.
Medical Association Communication

Drug Store News “OTC treatments for dry, red, and allergic eyes”

Visine for Contacts:  
Visine For Contacts Rewetting Drops is for use while wearing daily and
extended wear soft (hydophilic) contact lenses.  It refreshes eyes,
moistens your lenses and helps remove particulate matter that can
cause irritation and discomfort.

Search Terms Used: 
OTC eye drops contacts safe red eye
OTC Contact Lens Red Eye Treatment
in eye lubricant

I sure hope your eyes feel better!

go9ers-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you, everyone!

Subject: Re: OTC eye drops
From: nicolas42-ga on 25 Apr 2002 11:56 PDT
You might also get interested in the Bates method if you have eyes
problems. Please check . I can
vouch for this method, it has worked for me and is free (at most
you'll have to buy one book or two, but you can get started with the
information you'll find on this site.
Subject: Re: OTC eye drops
From: voila-ga on 25 Apr 2002 12:07 PDT
Hi Go9ers,

To help narrow the focus of research, it might be necessary to ask you
a series of question, such as:

1.  Have you been diagnosed with allergies or hayfever? (it is "the
season" after all)
2.  Have you had any recent eye trauma or been in close proximity with
anyone who has had conjunctivitis?
3.  What is the nature of your work/living situation? (environments
with dust,  smoke/smog, inadequate lighting/fluorescent lighting, or
work requiring close work, i.e. long hours spent staring at a computer
monitor, could all be contributing factors)
4.  Do you have any drug allergies?
5.  Have you had a recent ophthalmological exam?
6.  What eye drops have you tried thus far that haven't worked for

I wouldn't expect you to reveal any of your medical history in a
public forum such as this but, as a researcher, this is how I'd
approach your question.

Here is a link to some faqs and a decent product for contact wearers
with garden-variety eyestrain.

Hope this information is helpful.


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