Eye Care Products

Do eye creams work?

While there is seemingly an eye cream for every last skin concern – from those packed with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, to formulas with antioxidants that help protect the skin – an eye cream alone can’t do it all. All eye creams will deliver much-needed hydration and moisture to a delicate area, but it does depend on your skin concern just how effective each formula can be. 

A 360 approach can be helpful in most cases. For example, dark circles are often genetic and can be lifted slightly, but not to the extent one might hope. Combined with regular, gentle massage, an eye cream and a healthy diet, you might just see a difference. Equally, a loss of fat under the eyes cannot be rectified with just a cream alone, although their appearance can be lifted if a good, active-infused formula is applied regularly. For eye creams that work hard in the area, look to formulas that contain ingredients like retinol, peptides, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

How to apply eye cream

It’s important not to drag or pull the skin around the eye; instead, use tapping and pressing movements, or gently sweep the formula around them. You don’t need much, either – a pea-sized amount should suffice for the whole area, and while you should avoid the upper eyelid, be sure to apply over the brow bone to fully reap an eye cream’s benefits. And finally, it should be the last step in your skincare routine, rather than the first. Williams also recommends using an antioxidant product in the morning to defend against the day’s aggressors, like sun and pollution, and a product that stimulates collagen production in the evening.

Before you Buy Eye​ Drops

Before heading to the store, make a list of symptoms to help determine the best eye drop for you and your pets. Most eye treatments are available in a liquid form to mimic real tears, while others come in gel form to provide more effective, prolonged relief of symptoms. Speak with your doctor or vetinarian if you are uncertain which eye drops are right for you and your pets.

Eye Drops for Red or Itchy Eyes

Allergens likes pollen or pet dander can cause symptoms like redness, itching, and watering eyes. Over-the-counter or prescription eye drops often contain a decongestant, antihistamine, or other chemicals to relieve symptoms. Red-eyes caused from tiredness can be treated with a lubricating solution.

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Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are the most common reason people use eye drops. Causes like environmental conditions, extended computer use, and prolonged eyestrain can cause dry, irritated eyes. There are many eye drops formulated for short-term relief, including:

  • Artificial tears. The most common eye drops sold over-the-counter lubricate and soothe dry eyes by increasing several tear elements already in your eyes.
  • Sterile saline. Chemical-free eye drops that are used to cleanse and moisturize the eyes.
  • Prescription eye drops. For chronic dry eyes and other conditions, a prescription medication may be required to relieve symptoms and decrease damage to the eye.

Eye Drops for Contact Lens Wearers

Lubrication is essential for contact lens comfort. Occasionally contact lenses can become dry and uncomfortable causing red, dry, or irritated eyes. Choose a contact lens-friendly eye drop formulated to lubricate lenses and soothe your eyes. If you suspect an eye infection, speak with your doctor immediately.

Eye Drops Safety

  • Speak to your doctor or veterinarian about the appropriate frequency, duration, and proper administration of eye drops.
  • Prevent cross-contamination by not sharing your eye drops with others, and avoiding touching the dropper with your fingers or to your eye.
  • Discontinue and discard eye drops that are contaminated or expired.
  • Only use eye drops as a short-term relief solution because overuse can cause new or worsening symptoms.
  • Talk to your doctor about the safety of using eye drops alongside other cold and allergy medications.

 When to Call your Eye Doctor or Veterinarian

Most eye issues can be relieved with over-the-counter eye drops. However, more serious conditions, like an infection, or frequent, continuing, or worsening eye problems may require a different course of treatment, and you should immediately call your eye doctor.

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