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More to Eye Drops than Meets the Eye!

So you’re preparing for a big night out and you reach for eye drops to brighten your eyes - only to notice that bright red blemish on your face! No worries - you already have just what you need to look great.

Check out these surprising uses for eye drops and learn which drops will work best for you.

Banish Blemishes
Glamour Magazine’s, Francesco, uses over-the-counter eye drops such as Naphcon-A on pimples to reduce redness.

Brighten your Eyes
To make your eyes look extra-bright, use eye drops that contain an antihistamine (found in most allergy-relief formulas). This is safe to do on occasion, but definitely not for everyday use.

Cool Off
Put your eye drops in the refrigerator for a quick way to refresh tired or irritated eyes. If you have a hard time putting eye drops in or knowing whether any actually got into your eye, you may find it easier to feel the cold sensation of the refrigerated drops.

Try Tears
Over-the-counter eye drops with tetrahydrozoline may make your eyes look less red because they reduce the blood flow. However drops with tetrahydrozoline may also cut nutrients and oxygen to your eyes, which can cause dryness and irritation, leaving you more bloodshot than before. As an alternative, try artificial tears for dryness.

Nix Nasal Allergies
A recent study showed that the use of allergy eye drops may also be helpful for the relief of nasal allergy symptoms. The eye drops treated symptoms of eye allergies and also helped relieve various symptoms of nasal allergies, including nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, ears, and mouth.

Keep an Eye on the Label!
Be sure that you’re using eye drops for your eyes and not nose or ear drops. Yes, it happens more often than you might think! Be sure to read the label. If you accidentally use the wrong drops, flush your eyes with water right away. Your eyes may burn and sting initially, and you may notice redness, swelling, or blurred vision later on. In most cases, the injury to the eye is temporary, but visual changes are always a possibility if something irritating gets in the eyes.

As always, check with your eye doctor on uses for any of these.