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Rewetting Drops

 –  The eyes have a tendency to become dry for a variety of reasons. This is particularly true for contact lens wearers. When this happens, it is sometimes possible to deliver relief simply by using rewetting drops that have been designed for use specifically by those who wear contacts. Lubricating eye drops and rewetting solutions are medicine and health products that are available without a prescription from a physician, but be sure to discuss your symptoms with your eye doctor to make sure these products are appropriate for you.
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What Are Rewetting Drops?

Formulated to deliver a layer of moisture to the eyes, rewetting drops are designed to make the eyes feel more comfortable for those who wear contact lenses. Using this type of eye care solution replenishes the natural moisture of the eyes.

What Kinds of Rewetting Drops Are There?

It is important to choose a product that has been formulated for the type of contact lenses that you wear (rigid gas permeable or soft lenses). It is possible to find rewetting drops that are suitable for more than one type of contact lens. Incorporating eye drops into your daily routine can assist contact wearers in maintaining proper lens care.

Since many different brands manufacture eye drops of all kinds, you should be able to purchase a formula from a familiar company. It's best to select a product recommended by your eye doctor. Common types of rewetting drops include those labeled with the words lubricating, refreshing, soothing, or for sensitive eyes.

What Are the Benefits of Using Rewetting Drops?

Dry eyes can feel uncomfortable and even painful. The primary purpose of rewetting drops is to alleviate this feeling by delivering moisture that instantly resolves the dryness. As the eyes become lubricated, a soothing sensation should occur.

What Ingredients Are Used in Rewetting Drops?

Quite commonly, rewetting eye drops are made from saline solutions that have been blended with other ingredients chosen for their ability to lubricate the eyes. The ingredients vary by manufacturer as well as by the intended purpose of the product.

A preservative might be included in the formula in order to maintain its effectiveness. Since rewetting solutions are placed directly in the eyes, any type of preservative that is used must be gentle enough not to irritate the eyes. The preservatives are added to prevent bacteria from growing inside the eye drop bottle once you have opened it. If you experience irritation when using drops that contain preservatives, check with your doctor and ask if a preservative-free solution might be best for you.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

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