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red eyes from eyedrop overuse

Hello,

I have used "Get the red out" eyedrops like Naphcon every day for about 10 years because my eyes get red from my allergies.  My eye doctor said that I am probably experiencing rebound redness from the eyedrops and told me to stop using them cold turkey.

I have not been able to stop using them completely because my eyes are red when I don't use them and I have to talk to people (and look them in the eye) while at work and it's very hard to do that with red eyes.

If I stop using the drops will the redness eventually go away?  I have noticed red veins in my eyes and my eye doctor said that they are probably from overuse of the vasoconstrictor eyedrops.

I want to stop using them but hate having red eyes.  I do notice though that the more I use them, the redder my eyes get and the more my eyes "crave" the eyedrops.  

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
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There may be an adjustment period before the red eyes subside after being on naphcon for so long.  Perhaps there may be some prescription drops your ophthalmologist can give you during the interim (perhaps a mild steroid eyedrop or a prescription anti-allergy medication) to help facilitate decreasing the redness as your eyes adjust off of them.
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Thank you for the reply!  Are the red veins in my eyes from using the eyedrops too much?  Will they go away in time?

Thanks again!
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