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What’s the best way to whiten your eyes?

Question

What's the best way to get your eyes white and get the vessel's to fade in the out corners of your eyes?

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

Some eye drops are available that can help, but you should only use these for occasional use, as the drug constricts the blood vessels in the conjunctiva to make the eyes look whiter, but with continued use you can get a rebound redness and your eyes can look worse than before you used the drops. Your eyes should not be going red all the time and you need to look at the possible cause. For example some causes could be exhaust fumes, smoke, dust and chemicals...these can all irritate your eyes and make them bloodshot; the chemicals in a swimming pool can irritate and cause redness; lack of sleep is an obvious cause, as is too much alcohol.

You can try lubricating eye drops that you can buy over the counter at the pharmacist or opticians, and you could try an eye mask that you can get with herbal ingredients that are very soothing and which you apply at night whilst lying down. A cold compress just using a face flannel can also be helpful.

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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