Is it safe to use an open vial of UNpreserved eyedrops (for dry eye) safe ?
I read with interest Dr. Hagan's article on dry eye. I've not been re-using my UNpreserved eyedrop vials more than a few hours because of concerns for re-using such drops. (I "cheat" & re-use over 3-4 hrs due to their high cost.)
Dr. Hagan's useful article seems to imply that open UNpreserved drops may be re-used during a 24 hour period. However, (at least as it appeared in my browser) there seems to be a typo such because it reads that "preserved" vials may be used for 24 hours.
I'd sure appreciate clarification by Dr. Hagan or another physician, and whether this info is based on clinical experience or peer-reviewed literature. (I do believe in clinical experience, but the evidence level is nice to know). Of course, let's presume the tip of the vial is kept clean. I usually cantilever my vials over a counter edge where they will not get bumped. As a tip to the doc & fellow-sufferers: I discovered that one can also use the inner portion of a "bomber" cup that can be purchased at many liquor stores - the inner portion is so short that a vial can be stood upright without touching the "glass."
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.