eye drops

plural noun
\ ˈī-ˌdräps How to pronounce eye drops (audio) \
variants: or less commonly eyedrops

Definition of eye drops

: a medicated solution for the eyes that is applied in drops usually singular and hyphenated when used before another noun Most cases of chronic glaucoma are treated with eye-drop medications that reduce pressure in the eye.— Oz Hopkins Koglin

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Theron took a bottle of eye drops out of her tiny black clutch and reapplied her lipstick before she was hurried out of the restroom. Beth Harris And Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Off-camera at the Globes with Roberts, Ali, Theron," 7 Jan. 2019 If that’s not enough (or not possible), your doctor may recommend anti-allergy medications in the form of eye drops, pills, nasal sprays, and the like, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Possible Reasons Your Contacts Feel So Scratchy," 8 Aug. 2018 The four bottles of eye drops recovered had a value of $30.56. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge and Harwood Heights police reports," 13 July 2018 That’s about the same result as injections or earlier experiments with steel microneedles coated with the medicine; eye drops had almost no effect, even at a relatively high dose. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 Since a range of things can cause keratitis, potential treatments include eye drops or oral medications containing antibiotic, antifungal, or antiviral drugs. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Possible Reasons Your Contacts Feel So Scratchy," 8 Aug. 2018 Thomas, Froome, world champion Peter Sagan and other riders were treated with eye drops due to the tear gas amid a 15-minute delay. Andrew Dampf, The Seattle Times, "Alaphilippe wins protest-hit stage, Thomas keeps Tour lead," 24 July 2018 After feeling debris in her eye, Katherine Gaydos asked a man operating a leaf blower to grab the eye drops from her purse. Anna Zambelli, Good Housekeeping, "Woman Accidentally "Super Glues" Her Eyelid Shut," 9 Oct. 2015 Many patients take prescription eye drops to slow or prevent their vision loss, but there’s no proven way to reverse damage already done. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of eye drops

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eye drops was in 1762

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eye drops

noun plural
variants: also eyedrops \ ˈī-​ˌdräps \

Medical Definition of eye drops

: a medicated solution for the eyes that is applied in drops

Other Words from eye drops

eye-drop \ -​ˌdräp \ or eyedrop adjective

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