The What’s What of Dry Eye Drops
Do you have scratchy or itchy eyes? Does the sun or bright light make your eyes extra sensitive? Are you thinking about switching to glasses because contacts have become uncomfortable? You may have chalked up your eye troubles to allergies or changes in the weather. However, persistent eye irritation may be the sign of underlying disease, specifically dry eye. This is one of the many important reasons you should get your annual eye exam!
*This article (and the rest of Nanodropper’s educational content) is NOT medical advice on how to treat your dry eye. We are merely discussing the various options that are available. Consult your eyecare professional if you have any questions or concerns regarding your eye health.
Dry eye disease is due to the reduction in tear quality or quantity. It affects millions of Americans, yet it is often under-recognized and under-diagnosed. There are a variety of causes (like allergies, irritation by contact lenses, etc.) and symptom levels to consider when exploring eyedrops to treat your dry eye.
The various types of eyedrops available include:
- Artificial tear bottles
- Single-use artificial tears
- Rewetting drops
- Allergy drops
See the table above for details on how each type of drop works, what symptoms they typically work well with, and common examples of eyedrops you can find at your local drug store. It’s important to note that while there are many different brands of eyedrops for dry eye on the market, they all work differently for everyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you try a few different brands to see which work best for your eyes.
Joseph Allen, OD, known to many on YouTube as Doctor Eye Health, has an entire library of videos dedicated to the topic of dry eye. If you’re interested in hearing directly from an eyecare professional about what causes dry eye and how to treat it, we recommend that you visit his YouTube channel.
When it comes to the topic of eyedrops for dry eye, Dr. Allen has an excellent video that discusses his best recommendations for dry eye drops. And if you’re interested in whether Nanodropper is right for you, listen to his thoughts on our device near the end of the video!