Can Eye Drops become Addictive?
Some over-the-counter products that ease allergy symptoms or get rid of red eyes contain a type of decongestant called a vasoconstrictor. They can cause “rebound” swelling and redness, which may lead to chronic eye redness. The redness may even get worse with continued use. Ask your optometrist which eye drops are safest for you. It is not possible to become overly dependent on artificial tears that have no preservatives. Because these eye drops contain harmless moisturizers and no medication, they’re very safe no matter how often they are used. Some eye drops contain benzalkonium chloride preservative, which can cause hypersensitivity reactions.
Discuss this with your doctor whenever you use any eye drops frequently and for a long time, such as for treatment of glaucoma.
PLEASE NOTE: NEVER RUB YOUR EYES – EVER!
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
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