What is Eye Drops?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most Popular Types: Viscotears, Blink Tears, Similasan Allergy Eye Relief, (Show all)

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Generic Name: Eye Drops

See also: Hylo-Care, Tetryzolin

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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Eye Drops

Severe
0
Moderate
2
Mild
2
None
26

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Eye Drops

Patients
1
Patients
1
Hospitalization
Patients
1

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Taking Eye Drops (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
9
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
6
Reason
Expense
Patients
2
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
2
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
1
See all 20 patients who’ve stopped taking Eye Drops

Duration

Currently Taking Eye Drops
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
0
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
1
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
30
Stopped Taking Eye Drops
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
4
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
4
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
1
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
3

Adherence


Always
Patients
12
40%
Usually
Patients
8
27%
Sometimes
Patients
10
33%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
5
17%
A little hard to take
Patients
7
23%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
18
60%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
3%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
15
50%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
14
47%
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Eye Drops

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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:F34y
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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