Connection between prescription eyedrops and mucus in throat?

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by shareyourknowledge, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. My dad has been using prescription eyedrops for a month or so and has
    developed a mucus buildup in his throat. His opthamologist is out of
    town for a week and unavailable to answer questions. My mom had heard
    of other people having the same problem, but i can't understand how
    eyedrops can cause a mucus buildup in the throat.I couldn't find any
    information on the net describing it. Perhaps it is just coincidental.
    shareyourknowledge, Jan 19, 2009
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    serebel Guest

    The tear ducts drain in thru the sinus cavity and into the throat. So
    yes, one can have a throat reaction to eyedrops.
    serebel, Jan 20, 2009
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    Salmon Egg Guest

    I have noted strange tastes from eye drops in the throat. Some were
    regular IOP reduction drops. Others were for tracking down whether the
    duct was blocked. I also have noted that with anesthetic drops for IOP
    measurement and dilation. I have attributed that taste to the drops, I
    have no idea which drops would build up mucous if drained to the throat.
    It may be a good idea to ask the pharmacist.

    Salmon Egg, Jan 20, 2009
  4. That's interesting. I never would have thought the tear ducts drain
    into the sinus cavity. Thanks for the info.
    shareyourknowledge, Jan 20, 2009
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    Dr Judy Guest

    Not quite right, but close.

    The tears drain into the nose and then to back of the throat. Sinus
    cavities not involved.

    Dr Judy, Jan 21, 2009
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