What Is a Side Effect of Eye Drops?

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Potential side effects of lubricant eye drops include blurred vision, red eyes, irritated eyes, increased light sensitivity or sticky eyelashes, according to Drugs.com. A person may also experience swollen eyelids or watery eyes.

Lubricant eye drops are used to treat dry eyes symptoms, such as irritation, burning and discomfort, explains Drugs.com. They contain an active ingredient called ocular lubricant ophthalmic, which is the cause of certain side effects. Some side effects do not require prompt medical care, as they typically resolve as the body adjusts to the medication. Mild burning, itching, redness, watery eyes and blurred vision are typical side effects. It is also common for patients to experience an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Lubricant eye drops should not be used for treating or preventing an eye infection, notes Drugs.com. It is crucial to contact a doctor immediately if an individual experiences hives, facial swelling or difficulty in breathing, as these could be signs of an allergic reaction. A person should stop using lubricant eye drops if she suffers eye pain, vision changes or severe burning.

Anyone who experiences persistent side effects should consult a doctor to find out how to alleviate or relieve the side effects, says Drugs.com. People should avoid driving or doing activities that require clear eyesight while using lubricating eye drops.