How often can I use dry eye eyedrops?

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Hi,

I haven't been told I have dry eyes by an eye doc yet, but I have alot of the same symptoms and my eyes have been extra bad this week. They're killing me! Dry eye eyedrops help alot, and on the box it says do it as needed but I just don't want to harm my eyes if I over do it.

How often do you guys apply drops? And what else can I do for my eyes if they're SUPER itchy, burning, sensitive, and just feel like tons of pressure. Its killing me please help.

Btw I am seeing an eye doc May 2nd.

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    If you are in this amount of pain etc I would suggest going to the emergency eye walkin clinic at tthe local eye hospital. Are u based in London if so there is Moorfields eye hospital.
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      I'm in the U.S. I don't know of any emergency clinics but I also don't have insurance so it would be outrangeously expensive.... I do have an eye doc appointment in exactly a week. The eye drops do help for like 2 hours then I feel I have to reapply. ugh.

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      I am sorry but your eyes are preecious. Can you google dry eye syndrome and what to do if eyes do not respond to treatment. It is inadvisable to put stuff in your eyes unless recommended to do  so by an eye specialist.
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    i have dry eyes but mine are the opposite, they run, if that makes sense.

    There is a lot they can do for dry eyes like yours more then mine.

    use hot compresses at night, they can put plugs or tubes in your eyes and they also have a sab almost like vaseline that you only use at night that helps.  Restatis helps a lot but it is expensive.  i highly recommend you going to see the doctor they might have newer things on the market.  good luck

     

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      I just can't really tell if its dry eyes or allergies. But I've tried eye drops for both and the dry eye ones seem to help more but I literally have to put them in every 2-3 hours. It's just a ton of burning and uncombortable. Last night my boyfriends dog had to be put down so I was crying for hours and hours and woke up and my eyes were SO puffy I looked scary. Its gone down but they're just so sensitive right now ugh. I do have an eye doc appt May 2nd.

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    I use hyloforte or similar whenever I need them - sometimes every half hour , sometimes I can go a few hours but depends on the environement - keep hydrated and your room cool and airy. Speak to your GP if you are at all concerned before you get to see the eye specialist.

    I suffer from RCES but use the drops whenever I need - they are only at type of artificail tears so I don't think you will do any harm short term.

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      I saw my normal doc not too long ago for a different issue and its annoying because she thinks I'm a hypocondriac(sometimes can be) and most things I tell her she just writes off. So I only see her when I need meds for being sick, etc.

      I'm using systane ultra right now every few hours. Its just been super bad the past few days, its not always super bad. but theyve been burning and I even have to close my eyes to rest them every now and then. idk so annoying.

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      I would apply the drops as often as you need and before they start to burn. Systane are good - I've tried most drops during the past year - is there anything different in the environment or work to normal that is aggravating them more? Try a cool compress when they feel sore and don't worry about your GP's opinion - you know how you feel. And eyes are sooo sensitive and precious. Hope you have a better few days.

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      Not that I know of, I do live in a place where the weather is always changing day by say so drastically so i'm thinking maybe that could be it? Not sure at all. Is a cold or warm compress better? Thank you for your help..

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      Hi anxious

      Did an ophthqalmologist prescribe these drops?

      ​Best ti get back to him and report that you are having a bad reaction to them.

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    It is a normal phenomenon in older patients to have dry eyes who keep using such drops without ant reservation. You must be of a younger age that is why you are concerned about overuse of these drops. Personally I feel there should be no harm at least to use it frequently when it is already suiting you. Anyway you are soon seeing the Doic whose instructions will be more authentic.
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    Hello anxious, try not to worry quite so much.  

    You can use the drops for dry eyes as often as you need them.

    Can you get some that are preservative free?  The preservatives can irritate the eyes & make them worse.

    Sometimes the Meibomian glands can become blocked, this is where warm compresses can help because they help to melt what is blocking the glands.  This then lubricates your eyes again.

    Try to avoid screens, staring at screens makes you forget to stop blinking.

    It isn't long until May 2nd.

    https://patient.info/health/dry-eyes-leaflet

    This leaflet might help you, good luck.

     

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    If they don't contain preservative, then they can be used around 6 times during the day, as needed.

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