Eye Doctor Dr. Lecturer Cafer Tanrıverdi, his member, stated that one of the most frequently asked questions of the patients with the arrival of the month of Ramadan is the use of eye drops, and gave information about the use of eye drops while fasting in Ramadan.
Noting that the ophthalmologist will determine the need for eye drops after the examination, Tanrıverdi said:
“Since the need for eye drops is at most two or three times a day in patients such as eye allergy, conjunctivitis, and eyelash root inflammation, patients can use the drops between iftar and sahur. However, in severe infections, the hours determined by the ophthalmologist should be followed. In the presence of severe eye infection, the need for drops will occur more frequently. In such cases, patients may continue fasting by dropping their medication as often as necessary during the day. “
Tanrıverdi stated that people with eye pressure (glaucoma) should not disrupt their treatment and said, “Almost all glaucoma medications are prescribed as one drop at most twice a day. For this reason, our patients with glaucoma can continue to use their medicines during iftar and sahur and they can fast safely. Do not stop using your eye drops without consulting your doctor due to fasting. Especially people with glaucoma disease and eye surgery should not neglect to use drops. Not using eye drops when needed can have serious consequences. ” found the assessment.
“Dry eye patients should not tire their eyes excessively during the fasting period”
Tanrıverdi stated that there may be an increase in dry eye symptoms due to the increased fluid need in the body with fasting.
“Patients with dry eye disease can solve their problems by using medication two or three times a day. Again, they can continue to use their drops between iftar and sahur. It is also beneficial to reduce activities that increase dry eyes, such as computers, phones, tablets, air conditioners and long-term driving. Dry eye patients should not overdo their eyes, especially during the fasting period. However, patients who work in such jobs due to their profession or who have a severe course of dry eye can of course continue to use their medicines during the day if they need to, and fast. “
Tanriverdi emphasized that patients who undergo eye surgery should not disrupt their eye drops, and stated that these patients can fast if they do not have any other systemic obstacles.
Tanrıverdi stated that it is very important to use the drugs as often as the ophthalmologist recommends, “Otherwise, undesirable situations may occur after the surgery.” used the expressions.