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Is Visine Bad For You?

Also Known As: Visine eye drops



Short answer

Visine is safe for most people. However, just like most over the counter remedies, it shouldn't be abused. Be sure to check with your doctor if you're taking any medications, or are pregnant or nursing.



Long answer

There aren't very many of us who haven't used Visine here and there in order to ease our burning eyes and get rid of redness. However, while Visine does these things well, there are some things to be wary of when using it. Is Visine bad for you? Let's find out.

According to many Ocular Pharmacologists and Doctors, using Visine while you are pregnant or breastfeeding isn't recommended. Also, some nonprescription medicines, herbal preparations, and even dietary supplements can create negative interactions with Visine. People with narrow-angle glaucoma, an overactive thyroid, or high blood pressure should also double check with their personal health professional before using Visine.

Minor possible side effects of Visine can include, but aren't limited to, blurring, tearing, stinging of the eye and sometimes dilation of the pupils. Major side effects can include rashes, hives, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling in the mouth, on the face, lips or tongue. Any change in vision, as well as eye pain and headache, are also need for concern. Extended use over time can even cause excessive redness of the eyes. Definitely seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these serious side effects.

Many people are turning to alternative solutions to sore and red eyes these days. An herbal, homeopathic preparation called Ruta 30c seems to be something many people are fond of for dry and red eyes. For those suffering from red and sore eyes due to allergies, Opcon-A has had very good results for some people.

Possible short-term side effects

  • blurring
  • tearing
  • stinging of the eyes
  • pupil dilation
  • eye pain
  • headache
  • change in vision

Possible long-term side effects

  • rashes
  • hives
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightness
  • facial swelling
  • reverse effects

Ingredients to be aware of

  • potassium chloride
  • tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride


  • relieve eye redness
  • relieve burning of the eyes
  • relieve dry eyes

Healthier alternatives

  • ruta 30c
  • other herbal remedies

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Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

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