What is Eye Drops?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Viscotears Blink Tears Optrex Rehydrating Eye Drops Show all

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Eye drops (artificial tears) are used to reduce both signs and symptoms of dry eye. Dry eye has many different causes, including being in a dry or windy environment, aging, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases, certain types of medications, or contact lens wear.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Dry eyes 115 26
Allergies 9 4
General health 5 1
Multiple Sclerosis 4 1
Blurry vision 3 3
Glaucoma 3 0

Show all 18 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eye Drops

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation in eyes 2
Blurry vision 1
Gritty feeling in eyes 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Eye Drops

Dosage Patients
as needed 6
daily 6
1 drop(s) four times daily 1
2 drop(s) four times daily 1
2.8 % three times daily 1
4drop(s) as needed 1
five times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Eye Drops

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 9
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 18 patients who’ve stopped taking Eye Drops

Duration

Currently taking Eye Drops

Duration Patients
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 13

Stopped taking Eye Drops

Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 18
Usually 7
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 18
Not specified 15
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4 patient evaluations for Eye Drops

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dixie pixie
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dixie pixie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See dixie pixie's full Eye Drops history

Jul 30, 2014 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Dry eyes)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 8, 2013 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Dry eyes)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 28, 2011 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Dry eyes)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 22, 2010 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Feb 20, 2010 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Mar 1, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Aug 18, 2008 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
arabellamilla
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arabellamilla
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: None
Fatigue: None
Sleep: None
Stiffness: None
function: All
external_stress: Little
Stickman: none
Description:F35y
CFS:6y Dx
FM:?y
I am: g
I have:
ME/CFS

See arabellamilla's full Eye Drops history

Jul 19, 2010 (Started Jul 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Dry eyes)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other One time
Advice & Tips: Having a complex prescription of -13 means I hate wearing glasses and wear contacts no matter what. Recently my contacts have been almost unbearable and blinking first thing in a morning is like sandpapering my eyes. These provide a little light relief from one of the myriad of problems in a morning.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Dymond
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Dymond
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Dymond's full Eye Drops history

Nov 6, 2008 (Started Sep 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Dry eyes)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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