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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Walmart recalled products Altaire is recalling 74 lots from Walmart, which include 10 Equate products and one eye drop under the Support Harmony brand, which was discontinued in January 2018, according to the recall notice. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Eye drops sold at Walmart, Walgreens recalled because they may not be sterile," 5 July 2019 These can include antihistamines (which come in pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops), steroid nasal sprays, mast cell inhibitors, and leukotriene modifiers. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Relief From Fall Allergies, According to an Allergist," 19 June 2019 The surgeon prescribed eye drops as part of her recovery, but jail staff discontinued the prescription against the doctor’s orders, according to the lawsuit. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Woman left blind after fall at Cuyahoga County Jail, poor medical treatment, lawsuit says," 13 June 2019 Min Zhao at the University of California, Davis, showed that rips in the cornea heal more quickly when certain ion channels are manipulated with simple eye drops to increase the size of wound currents—bioelectricity without the electricity. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Some recent ideas have focused on contact lens-like hydrogels that keep drugs on the surface of the eye longer than eye drops to surgically implant tiny drug reservoirs into the eye. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 Froome was treated with eye drops and Sagan poured water over his face to clean his eyes. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Tour riders sprayed with tear gas amid protest by farmers," 24 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce eyedrops (audio) \

Medical Definition of eye drops

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

Other Words from eye drops

eye-drop \ -​ˌdräp How to pronounce eye-drop (audio) \ or eyedrop adjective

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