Eye diseases and problems are treated differently, but a widespread solution to primary eye irritations and difficulties is often sodium chloride ophthalmic solution. These eye drops can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription and can be kept handy in case a solvable eye problem is to occur.

Uses for Eye Drops or Ointments

Eye drops and eye ointments are used to reduce the swelling of the cornea, which is more commonly known as corneal edema. According to the doctor’s prescription and advice, eye drops can also be used to reduce any mild pain or irritation experienced in the patient’s eye as a byproduct of a specific injury or surgery. Eye drops and ophthalmic ointments lessen the swelling in the cornea by draining out the excess liquid buildup in the eye that may have even been causing impaired or blurry vision.

Missing a dose is not recommended but is not something that requires the patient to inform his or her doctor about it, whereas accidental over-dosage should be treated immediately. If you firmly believe that you have taken more than your dose said you could, you must make sure to call poison control directly as it is pretty dangerous and could have long-term effects on your eyes and vision.

Some of the side effects that may follow the usage of these eye drops or ointment may be slight redness or irritation of the eye, temporary blurry vision, or even small burning sensations. Be sure to call your doctor as soon as these prolong for more than just a few minutes or seem to be getting worse. The eye drops or ointments should not be used if it appears discolored or contaminated with debris as that can cause further complications of your eye condition.

Eye Drop and Ointment Ingredients

Boric acid, methylparaben, Hypromellose, propylparaben, sodium borate, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, and hydrochloric acid are the main ingredients that can be found in the eye drops or the standard sodium chloride ophthalmic solution. The Akorn sodium chloride ointment contains sodium chloride as the main active ingredient as it is the hypertonicity agent.

There is a sure way and time to use these ophthalmic solutions and ointments. The sodium chloride eye drops should be used repeatedly and for as many days as the doctor recommends. Both the Akorn sodium chloride ointment and the sodium chloride ophthalmic solution are to be stored in a calm and not humid or hot place but should be kept away from any freezing temperatures. The risks of using the ointment or the solution should be considered before using it and should be weighed out with the benefits to decide whether or not to use the product as a cure.

How to Use the Eye Drops or Ointment

Make sure to wash your hands before touching the bottle of drops or the tube of the ointment. Make sure to carefully take off the lid and not get it in contact with any surface that could contain germs on it, potentially contaminating the product when the cover is replaced. Use the product as quickly and carefully as possible to return the cap to the tube or the bottle as soon as possible and prevent further contamination of the medicine. Take off your contact lenses before you use the drops or the ointment of you wear any.

To use the ointment or the drops, one must carefully pull the lower lid away from the eye to create a small pocket where the medicine can be placed. The right amount of ointment or the correct number of drops of the ophthalmic solution is then carefully put into this pocket without touching the applicator tip of the tube or the bottle to the eye to keep the bottle and your eye germ-free.

To take a step further in ensuring the cleanliness of the process, you can use a tissue to gently wipe the tip of the tube or the bottle. The patient can then gently close their eyes for a minute or two for the ointment or the drops to be able to get a chance to spread to all parts of the eye’s surface.

Wash your hands after using the medicine to ensure that any residue ointment or drops that may have landed on your fingers are washed off. The dosage of the drops or ointment depends on the condition the patient is suffering from and should be asked of the doctor to confirm accuracy. Replace your contact lenses if you have any after fifteen or more minutes of the application.