Eye drops for healthy eyes :
The most common thing that i we in the eye clinic is probably people coming in with foreign bodies or some sort of chemical exposure to the eye when we say foreign bodies i mean any sort of foreign object that could have gotten into the eye most commonly we’ll see people with chunks of metal from grinding out in the workshop or in a garage somewhere and not wearing proper safety eye protection or maybe they were cutting wood or splitting wood or something like that and a sliver came up and got them i’ve seen a lot of different things get in the eye i’ve even seen like popcorn kernels and things like that if a chemical or a foreign body ever gets into your eye.
The first thing that most people will do just out of instinct is they go up to rub their eye and do not do that try your best to urge yourself to not give that little voice in the back of your head to not rub your eye rubbing the eyes is going to either make things worse by digging the foreign body deeper into the eye or it’s just going to kind of expose that chemical again deeper into the tissue you don’t want to do that so again i say do not rub the eyes the next big thing is you need to rinse rinse rinse your eye if you were to contact lens wear especially again with chemicals or anything like that make sure you quick wash your hands and remove those contacts immediately and then you need to flush your eyes now there are several ways to flush the eyes.
If you are at work or a place of business that has an eye wash station that is perfect to go use that if you don’t have that available like i don’t have that here in my house instead i go up to either the bathroom or kitchen sink and i turn my eyes under the faucet and i turn on warm water don’t turn on hot water or freezing cold water just something kind of lukewarm it’s going to be more comforting but you want to flush that eye out for at least about 15 minutes and this can be somewhat challenging especially when your eye is in pain but you want to make sure you’re blinking frequently and that you’re able to kind of hold that eye open a bit.
So that the water flushes right in and then flushes out again you want to rinse whatever chemicals or foreign object might have gotten into the eye you want to try your best to get that out of the eye if you happen to be a parent with a young child who got something into their eye this might be pretty tough because the kids are often pretty hysterical they want to get their things out of their eyes so they may be trying to either rub their eyes really hard or you need to calm them down but you just need to rest assure them that things are going to be okay and that yes you do need to rinse whatever’s in the eye out of it and it’s going to make it feel better now after rinsing the eye whether you think you got everything out of there or not i do think it is best to call a local eye care professional in your area right away to see.
If they can get you to be seen in general for these sort of emergencies you have a foreign body or chemical exposure it’s usually not best to go straight to the emergency room because many times emergency rooms don’t have all the technical equipment that we have in the eye clinic to address these issues usually the doctors and medical staff in the emergency room are amazing at fixing broken bones if you’ve seriously injured yourself or you’re having a heart attack then definitely go to but for most cases eyes they kind of shy away from really touching those too much they just don’t have the equipment to really see what’s going on so if you do live in an area that has a dedicated eye care professional whether an ophthalmologist or optometrist they can usually address your needs a little bit better with more finesse to reduce your chances of having complications and from there.
If your eye doctor can’t address the issues are they something out of their hands then they will direct you over to the emergency room otherwise nine times out of ten the doctors at the emergency room always end up referring you over to us anyway but again of course if you don’t have an eye doctor in an area then definitely go ahead and proceed call the emergency room see if you can get seen even if you got a foreign body in the on you think you rinsed it out i still think it’s a good idea to be seen get things checked out so they can be sure that everything did get out of the eye it’s amazing how many times i’ll find rust particles and different little little beads of stuff under the eyelids.
What often happens is something will get stuck under the eyelid and every time you blink that little piece of whatever is going up and down and scratching your eye over and over again and let’s just say in the case of a chemical exposure something splashes up into your eye see if you can bring the canister or whatever the chemical came in and bring that with you going into the eye care professional because they’ll want to see what exactly that chemical is if it’s something that they need to neutralize further or this better understanding of how those chemicals react on the eye because depending on the chemical and the ph whether it’s really acidic or basic that will change a little bit of what your doctor is going to understand how that’s gonna affect the eye and just a fun fact although most people think an acid exposure to the eye would be pretty bad in fact just on the opposite end of the spectrum something very basic such as sodium hydroxide that’s used in soap making.
Is usually way way worse for the eyes but again the big things are don’t rub the eyes rinse the eyes super well and call your eye doctor right away one handy thing i want to mention in case you have emergency kit or just want to keep it in your medicine cabinet is something such as eye wash this is just an eye relief eye wash that you can buy generically over the pharmacy or through online this one is from bausch and Lomb, works pretty simple it’s just an eye wash solution that you can use to clean out the eye in case again something gets in there or splashes in there and overall it works pretty easily you can either tilt your head back and squirt it directly into the eye or it has a little eye cup that you can fill with water and then it’s just a matter of holding that to the eyelid and blinking multiple times as it rinses out the eye the one big thing about any eye wash i would mention even though it’s like 99 sterile water it does have a preservative in it called benzalkonium chloride or bak and in the eye care community we know this as a very good preservative for eye drops however bak can really hurt or irritate the eyes for a lot of people and so you never want to use this with contact lenses if you try to use it as a contact lens disinfecting solution or store your contacts in it do not do that it’s going to burn your eyes again don’t do that it’s only for eye wash only what i always thought was funny is that the little plastic cup that it has.
I actually have an old glass little eye cup like this that my grandparents left me when i graduated school. i don’t really see these glass ones made anymore but it’s kind of a cool little hand-me-down it kind of reminds me of a little uh sunday scoop sort of thing if i had a tiny little spoon now let’s answer a quick question live from this week’s comments we have alex who asks “i am 17 and have many floaters but in one eye i have a big floater like a big curtain is this normal?” when it comes to any sort of new floaters in your vision especially big ones you definitely want to get that checked out in fact if you’re starting to see a big curtain in your vision whether it be a blurry curtain or if it’s a black curtain coming down from the ceiling or maybe rising up from the floor that could potentially be something more serious such as retinal tear or detachment and you definitely want to get that checked out as soon as you can.
So if you haven’t seen a doctor to have that checked out i encourage you call your local eye doctor and get seen otherwise alex thanks again for the question i hope things turn out if you or anybody else have questions comments about eye care drop them in the comments section i hope to feature yours in the next upcoming video next on today’s list is getting scratches pokes or abrasions to the surface of the eye and these can come from little babies poking their moms in their eye with their finger to a tree branch coming back smacking someone in the eye there’s a lot of things that can scratch the eyes and usually in these cases you’re going to end up with a painful red eye that hurts every single time you blink and i always say if the eye is painful if it’s red or if your vision changes at all you need to again call your eye doctor and get seen and again if the thing that hit in the eye was perhaps dirty like dirty fingers or something like that it’s best again to rinse the eyes out and then call the eye doctor if the eye just feels a little bit irritated but you’re not having redness or pain or any of the kind of vision changes then oftentimes just making sure the eye gets lubricated with some sort of an eye drop is definitely appropriate oftentimes when patients come in we’ll give them samples of different eye drops usually something either kind of runnier or more liquid that is better throughout the day.
Because it doesn’t distort your vision but oftentimes you’ll find something a little bit thicker such as a gel drop will last a little bit longer on the eye and make it more comfortable however because the gel is a little bit thicker and more viscous it may blur your vision a big thing about using eye drops if you’re heading into the eye clinic try to avoid any eye drops that say get the red out typically Visine is one that’s very well known most people use that to get the red out of their eyes try to avoid anything that’s getting the red out because that will artificially turn the eye more whitish and make it look healthier than if it was truly just red and your eye doctor may not appropriately diagnose or treat that eye because it’s been artificially blanched blood vessels so in general if you’re using an eye drop at all especially before going in to see the eye doctor it’s best to just use a neutral artificial tear that doesn’t have those extra chemicals in it.
If you are someone who’s using eye drops multiple times throughout the day i’m talking more than four or five drops throughout the day it is best to reach for a non-preserved or preservative free eye drop almost every single brand has these different type of drops they come in these little individual vials these little dropper rats but these type of drops are usually best just because then you don’t have all these extra chemical preservatives going into the eye now the next quick tip i want to share has to do with eye allergies a lot of people will go out for a hike or they’ll travel someplace new and suddenly they’re having this allergic response their eyes are getting red and puffy and they want to scratch at them all the time that’s oftentimes allergy symptoms and that’s just a histamine response by your body to any sort of allergen in the air such as pollen grass ragweed those sort of things now.
When it comes to dealing with eye allergies i have a lot of other tips i’ve recommended in other videos one of the big quick easy things i think you can have on hand in your emergency kit is something like pat a day pad today used to be a prescription only eye drop for allergies that only eye doctors could prescribe here in the united states but this medication has since kind of lost its patent and now it’s available over the counter only costs about 20 or so it comes in both a one time a day dosing that’s more for itchiness kind of the puffiness of the eye but it does also also comes in a twice a day dosing which is good for allergies but also helps with a little bit of the redness too if you don’t have access to pad today right away with you and you do have just some sort of generic artificial tear definitely use that that will rinse out pollen out of the eye or grab a cold washcloth or something cool that you can hold to your eyelid because that’ll cool down the swelling.
If you do want to dive more deep into dealing with allergies or puffy eyes i do have a couple of those videos and you can check those out either by clicking the link up here to the side or i’ll include a link to the full videos down in the description below in addition if you’re someone who just loves being ultra prepared for any sort of emergency i have a friend Denise Jordan who recently did kind of a review or prepping of her first aid kit and i encourage you to go check that out if you want to learn a little bit more and i’ll include that video link in the video description below again so you can check it out otherwise the last little bonus tip that i would often keep in their first aid kit or definitely in our medicine cabinet is something like hypochlorous acid if you’ve never heard of hypochlorous acid i have done another video on it.
But hypochlorous acid in short is a disinfectant it is safer than using something like bleach where bleach can be pretty irritating to the skin hypochlorous acid is like a brother to it however it’s much safer doesn’t burn your skin and it can be used for multiple different uses in fact it was first invented to help with healing diabetic foot ulcers but hypochlorous acid this is just one that my friends over at the ilove company make this one is the lid and lash cleanser they specifically make it for cleaning the eyelids which helps with blepharitis the buildup of bacteria and skin oils around the eyelashes but it’s also really good for helping with dry eyes and if you happen to be somebody with like irritants or stuff around the eyes it’s just good for cleaning the eyelids but i always find it really helpful for just cleaning around the eyes or if you have any sort of little scrapes or maybe you rub the eye a little bit with your fingers like oh what did i just put on my eyelid this will help clean off any sort of nasty germs or anything that’s like that and again it’s gentle enough it’s not going to dry out or hurt your skin.