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Visine is a medication used to provide relief for various symptoms of eye irritation and allergies, such as redness, dryness, burning, and watering eyes. Visine eye drops contain the active ingredient tetrahydrozoline. Tetrahydrozoline is a vasoconstrictor. It works by narrowing swollen blood vessels in the eyes to reduce eye redness.
Visine eye drop provides soothing relief for itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies to pollen, dust, ragweed, and other allergens, while it also relieves redness and helps clear away eye mucous build-up associated with both allergies and colds.
Uses and Dosage
Before applying the eye drops, wash your hands thoroughly. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip to your eye or any other surface. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying the eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes before reinserting them. Before using the eye drops, visually inspect the product, and do not use it if the liquid has changed color or appears cloudy. Use the medication as directed by your doctor or up to 4 times per day in the affected eye(s).
Steps to use Visine eye drops, follow the dosing instructions carefully and not exceed the recommended amount.
- Tilt your head back slightly, and with your index finger, pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper directly over the eye and place one drop into the pocket you created.
- Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes.
- To keep the medication from draining away from the eye, place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure.
- Try not to blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than one drop and for the other eye if necessary.
- Replace the dropper cap tightly after each use. Do not rinse the dropper.
- If you are using another type of eye medication, wait at least 5 minutes before applying it.
Do not use this medication for longer than 3 to 4 days at a time. If your condition persists or worsens after 72 hours, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, stop using the medication and seek medical help immediately.
The recommended dosage of Visine eye drops varies based on the specific product and the severity of the condition being treated.
- For adults and children 6 years of age and older, most Visine eye drops recommend 1-2 drops in the affected eye(s) up to 4 times a day. Do not use this medication for longer than 3 to 4 days at a time. If your condition persists or worsens after 72 hours, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, stop using the medication and seek medical help immediately.
- For children under 6 years of age, Visine eye drops are not recommended without first consulting with a doctor.
Overuse of this type of medication may result in increased eye redness (rebound effect when the drug wears off). If you experience this, inform your doctor.
Common Side Effects of Visine (Terahydrozoline - non-Rx):
- Blurred vision,
- Dilated pupils.
- Mild burning or stinging of the eye
- Watery eyes
Serious Side Effects of Visine (Terahydrozoline - non-Rx):
- Buzzing in your ears
- Changes in your vision
- Chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate
- Eye pain
- Feeling short of breath
- Ongoing or worsening eye redness
- Severe headache
Form and strength
Visine (Terahydrozoline - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 0.05 %
- Stop using Visine and call your doctor at once if you have ongoing or worsening eye redness, eye pain, or vision changes.
- Visine eye drops may not be safe for individuals with glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, or an eye injury or infection. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
- Visine eye drops containing tetrahydrozoline as an active ingredient should not be used for extended periods of time as it may cause rebound redness or worsening of symptoms.
- Follow the dosing instructions and not exceed the recommended amount of Visine eye drops as overuse may cause side effects such as eye irritation or dryness.
- Visine eye drops should not be used while wearing contact lenses unless specifically stated on the product labeling.
- There are recalls of some eye drop brands due to contamination and risks of injury and vision problems. Check for any updates or alerts related to Visine eye drops before using them.
- Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Visine, especially if you have other medical conditions such as glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, or an eye injury or infection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I drive after using Visine eye drops?
In general, it is safe to drive after using Visine eye drops. However, you should be cautious if your vision is blurry, or your eyes feel uncomfortable.
Can Visine eye drops be used with contact lenses?
Visine eye drops are not recommended for use with contact lenses. If you need to use them, you should remove your contact lenses before applying the eye drops and wait at least 10 minutes before reinserting them.
How often can I use Visine eye drops?
You can use Visine eye drops up to four times per day as needed or as directed by your doctor.
What should I do if I experience eye irritation or redness after using Visine eye drops?
If you experience eye irritation or redness after using Visine eye drops, stop using the product immediately and consult with your doctor.
It's important to purchase Visine from verified Canadian pharmacy.