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  • Are single use eye drop vials really single use?

    When I used the Alcon tears Naturale Free, I'd get 2 even 3 days use out of them. Just popped the cap back on. Never had a problem. I just got the CVS generic brand and 1. much less liquid but it says use and toss. Is that just to cover their butts? Unisol 4 was good for a month so I'd think this would be fine for a day or two. Some days I don't need drops and I'm not gonna toss perfectly good drops away.

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    Originally posted by Mewkiss View Post
    When I used the Alcon tears Naturale Free, I'd get 2 even 3 days use out of them. Just popped the cap back on. Never had a problem. I just got the CVS generic brand and 1. much less liquid but it says use and toss. Is that just to cover their butts? Unisol 4 was good for a month so I'd think this would be fine for a day or two. Some days I don't need drops and I'm not gonna toss perfectly good drops away.
    Restasis comes the same way - in single use vials. All the doctors I've ever had have told me that you don't have to throw it away after the first use. And so I use all of the drops in the vial, and they last me a lot longer.

    I don't see any harm in using all of the liquid in the vial, as long as you take care not to contaminate it.
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      Ever since I noticed a vial I had used from the day before looked more cloudy than an unopened vial, I do not use them after the first day opening it unless I put it in the refrigerator. It might be because I live in a warmer climate, so bacteria starts forming more quickly.

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        pythonidlerHokucat Thanks for that info. I never paid much attention to be honest and I never had a problem. . I live in CA but keep my drops under my AC in my bedroom which I turn on at night. But I have no problem popping it into a baggie and putting it in the fridge. I go through stages where my eyes are fine and some days like some rubbed them with sandpaper. But I can't afford using two a day. And the CVS ones seem to have a cap you can't screw back on like the old ones. Trial and error. Thanks for the help.

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        • #5
          Just spoke to Alcon. She says the Genteal Tears is the exact same thing as Tears Naturale, but if you have a problem call them. They have a line for adverse events. Guess that's on my shopping list. Still have not tried the CVS. Will give one a shot now. I'll keep you posted on how it holds up.

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            As far back as I saw a vial I had utilized from the day preceding looked more shady than an unopened vial, I don't utilize them after the principal day opening it except if I put it in the cooler. It may be on the grounds that I live in a hotter atmosphere, so microscopic organisms begins framing all the more rapidly.

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