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When To Use Eye Drops?

December 19, 2017 2 min read

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.  

One Love,

Dr. Travis

Dr. Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler