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

Examples of eye drops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These eye drops are lubricating and preservative-free and are highly effective with just one drop. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, "Best over-the-counter allergy medicine," 1 Apr. 2021 During the drive home, 4-year-old Evie complained that her eyes hurt, and Stapley gave her some eye drops. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Invasive, toxic plant sends two Utah preschoolers to the emergency room," 7 Apr. 2021 Nasal sprays are more powerful and focus on alleviating sinus discomfort, while eye drops are used primarily to treat itchy, burning, or irritated eyes. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, "Best over-the-counter allergy medicine," 1 Apr. 2021 Users of medications like eye drops must strictly follow the manufacturer's directions. Asena Basak, CBS News, "Did the misuse of a popular eye drop medication lead to homicide?," 12 Mar. 2021 The eye drops don’t treat the cause of presbyopia but helps treat its symptoms. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Tired of reading glasses? Eye drop submitted for FDA approval may help you read without them.," 2 Mar. 2021 The suspect admitted to taking the items, along with two boxes of eye drops. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Driver passes out and hits a house: Independence Police Blotter," 1 Mar. 2021 The space is crammed with relics from Bigelow’s past: prescription pads yellow with age, ceramic apothecary jars and old vials and powder tins — containers from an age when chemists sold cocaine eye drops and heroin to suppress coughs. New York Times, "A New York Drugstore Nearly as Storied as the City Itself," 26 Feb. 2021 Time spent outside has been found to reduce the risk of myopia and, in combination with treatments such as certain medicated eye drops or contact lenses, may also help slow its progression. Anna Goshua, STAT, "‘A doozy of a year’: Experts worry screen time during Covid-19 could increase vision problems in kids," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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24 Apr 2021

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“Eye drops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20drops. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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eye drops

noun plural
variants: also eyedrops \ ˈī-​ˌdräps How to pronounce eye drops (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 drops (audio) \ or eyedrop adjective

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