Eye drops usually expire about one to two years after the manufacturing date. However, once your eye drops are opened, you should throw them away after three months of use, as there is a greater risk of contamination. You should never use eye drops after their expiration date, or after three months of use.
Is it OK to use expired Refresh eye drops?
Using drops past their listed expiration date can lead to irritation, inflammation, and even an eye infection. The chemical compound of eye drops may change and lose potency over time. It is important to discard drops at the proper date to ensure no further usage and keep your eyes safe.
How long can refresh tears be used?
Do not use Refresh Tears 0.5% Eye Drops for more than 30 days after breaking the seal. Avoid using Refresh Tears 0.5% Eye Drops if the solution is cloudy or the colour has changed.
Can I use expired eye drops if unopened?
Although unopened eye drops can go bad after their expiration date, opened ones have most likely been exposed to bacteria. In either case, ophthalmologists always recommend patients to dispose of eye meds that have reached their shelf life.
How long are eye drops good for after opening?
Eye drops in multi-dose packaging contain preservatives to ensure the sealed product remains sterile. After opening however, the preservative can only ensure the drops are safe for the eye for a period of 28 days. Beyond 28 days, using the drops may cause serious damage to the eye as bacteria may have been introduced.
Do liquid tears expire?
A good practice I would recommend is that once you open a bottle, label it with date of opening, and discard after 3 months even if it’s not finished. So, preservatives allow us to store artificial tears for longer.
Does Refresh Tears Lubricant eye drops have preservatives?
Extra-strength preservative-free gel drops designed to soothe and relieve eyes from moderate symptoms of eye dryness—day or night.
Which is better systane or refresh?
Conclusion: Systane Gel Drops were associated with significantly better corneal staining scores versus Refresh Liquigel eye drops in patients with dry eye. Supportive efficacy outcomes were not significantly different between groups. Both treatments were well tolerated.
How can you tell if eye drops are contaminated?
Placing more than one drop is a waste of the solution; the total capacity of the cul-de-sac is one-sixth of a drop. Avoid touching the dropper to touch the conjunctiva, eyeball, eyelid, or eyelashes. If contact is made, the bottle is considered contaminated and should be thrown away.