There are many ways you can take good care of your eyes. You can use spectacles to improve your vision or sunglasses to shield it from intense sunlight and floating dust. Aside from eyewear, there are many products out there that you can put directly on your eye surface. Some are used to treat minor optical problems while others are used for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes. Most of these products come in liquid eye drops, although some are also solid or semi-solid. Here are some examples:
Gone are the days when changing eye color was just a wish. Contact lenses are available by the thousands, with different colors and sizes to choose from. A pair of thin lenses that can be placed on the surface of each eye, you can either use it medically to correct vision or for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. Its main advantage over the conventional eyeglasses is that it’s impervious to moisture that comes from varying weather and condensation. You can even wear sunglasses over your lens-covered eyes for additional protection and style. Contact lenses are also known to correct certain eye problems like Aniseikonia and Keratoconus.
Saline Solution Eye Drops
Saline is a sterile solution made from sodium chloride and placed intravenously. Eye drops contain saline and is used to treat a variety of eye problems, including dry eyes, allergies, pink eye, glaucoma, and mydriatic. Antihistamines, sympathomimetics and parasympathomimetics, prostaglandins, steroidal and non-steroidal drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs and anesthetics may sometimes be added to the solution depending on the condition being treated.
Saline Solution Syringe
Aside from eye drops, saline solutions may also be administered by injection. Sound scary, doesn’t it? Well, you better believe it! In fact, saline solution syringe are distributed across several modern needle-exchange programs to administer these drugs to patients. Studies show that it is just as effective as intravenously application to the eyes, if not more. A demonstration even showed that the latanoprost acid from the plasma in the eyes can be eliminated fast using either method.
In case you’re afraid of needles poking your eyeballs, here’s a better alternative. Eye ointments act very much like the liquid saline solution. There are only a few catches. First is that a little effort on your part is required; you need to gently smear it on the surface of your eyes. Second is that some minor side effects may occur, including temporary blurred vision after application and slight irritation, stinging and burning in the treated eyes.
Cosmetic Eye Drops
Ever wondered how horror film makers managed to make the eyes of their witches, ghouls, and zombies so threatening and realistic? Believe it or not, eye drops are also used cosmetically as much as it is for medical reasons. An example is the Kryolan Eye Blood, a solution that gives you a blood-shot eye effect. Much like using its medical counterparts, you should only apply these eye drops as stated in the instructions or as recommended.
Take note that using these things in your eyes should only be done after proper consultation and with supervision, at least the first time. You should at least consult your nearest ophthalmologist first.