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When To Use Eye Drops?

Best Way To Put In Eye Drops

Have you ever had a patient that found out all of the counter drops, gels, and ointments made their eyes worse and what did you recommend?

This is pretty much what we preach. We actually don’t recommend eye drops, ointment, or gels. They are really used for symptoms. If you are treating a symptom, there is usually a problem underlying that symptom. Figuring out what is causing the symptom is what we always talk about. Your body is in a low grade inflammatory state and you don't notice any problems because it is in this low grade inflammatory state. It stays below the radar but then it comes to form later in life into diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, arthritis, dry eye.

In western medicine we are trained to treat the symptom with a medication. That is all you are doing with an eye drop. You are covering a symptom. You are putting a bandage over a wound that needs stitches and in all reality you need to just not do what cause the stitches in the first place. We don't prescribe eye drops unless it is absolutely necessary. Someone who cannot completely close their eyelids when they sleep, we would prescribe an ointment for that because you are just adding a barrier. You really want to get to the cause of the problem. That could be sleep apnea or obesity causing your eyelids not to close.

Our main goal is figuring out the cause of the problem and then solving it. Eye drops don't work because you are not addressing the actual problem. We need to always figure out the problem first.  

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Ashley - operations manager at eye love on January 23 2018 at 01:47PM

Hey Robert. Using the eye drops occasionally at night will not be harmful. The hope is that if you continue with our regimen you eventually won’t need the drops. Also, make sure you are using the spray at night before bed as well as in the morning.
One Love.
ashley

Robert Petersen on January 21 2018 at 09:40AM

I am now in a program based on your remarks of applying a moist warm face cloth to the eyes for about 3 minutes when I get up in the morning. Then I wash my face gently and apply the tee tree oil soap to upper face and eye lids, but not lashes as it burns like fury if you do. Then I spray the hypochlorite solution on the eyes closed and gently rub it into the lashes and allow it to dry. I may wipe the lids with Ocusoft. I have a little seborrhea and put a little of the tea tree soap on the nasolabial folds. At night my eyes get dry so I put eye drops when I wake up during the night. These are the individual small containers not the bottles of eyedrops with preservative. I would love to get along without the eyedrops they are expensive, but do not see how I can? Thanks for letting me communicate. I sometimes need a drop or two during the day and fear it will get worse. Eyes feel good after the above treatment.

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