eye drops

plural noun
\ˈī-ˌdräps \
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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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 The 60-year-old woman has glaucoma and needs three types of prescription eye drops that collectively cost about $1,200 each month. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Obamacare: Outreach groups nervous as Trump remains silent on funding," 21 June 2018 Don’t use eye drops or ointments. Don’t take over-the-counter pain relievers on the way to the emergency room. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Firework eye injury? Here's what to do," 3 July 2018 Steinemann treated Northup with special eye drops to control the inflammation and medication to prevent infection. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Fireworks display gone wrong nearly cost firefighter his vision," 29 June 2018 Most people will try to tough it out with more over-the-counter medications, eye drops and nasal sprays, Portnoy said. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Are your allergies getting worse? Climate change may be to blame," 19 June 2018 While your eyes heal from photokeratitis, the discomfort can be treated using over-the-counter eye drops, antibiotic drops, or ointment recommended by an ophthalmologist. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Can Your Eyes Get Sunburned From Staring at the Sun? Experts Weigh In," 6 Apr. 2018 For starters, redness-reducing eye drops could be your surprising culprit. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Exactly Causes Red, Bloodshot Eyes?," 25 May 2018 First, treat the inflammation with either a cortisone gel or redness-reducing eye drops. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "The Best Glowy Skin Tips From Meghan Markle’s Makeup Artist," 21 May 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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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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