Is Hydrochloric Acid Safe In Eye Drops? (Pt. 2)

Published: January 31, 2018
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I was the one who wrote to you about eye drops. Thanks for answering my question, but now I have another one about something that you said. You say that needing eye drops all the time indicates a problem, but what if you have a specific reason for it? I have hormonal issues that make me prone to dehydration, and my eyes are suffering for it. They're always bloodshot and tired. I've been told that the problem might improve as I grow up and move out of puberty, but until then would it be okay to use eye drops every day? Can that damage your optical nerves or confuse your brain, since your eyes wouldn't be making their own moisture? - Is Hydrochloric Acid Safe In Eye Drops? Part 2
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Dear Is Hydrochloric Acid Safe In Eye Drops? (Pt. 2),

TeenHealthFX would like to begin by thanking you for writing back to us about your health concern.  

As stated in our previous response, unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, eye drops are intended for short-term use. Being that you are currently reliant on eye drops for daily use, and are also experiencing additional eye irritation symptoms, TeenHealthFX highly suggests scheduling an appointment with your doctor. He/she can perform a proper exam, and determine if medication is necessary.  

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. 

Signed: TeenHealthFX