Eye Drop Mix-Ups


Six Tips To Avoid Eye Drop Mix-Ups

  1. Keep them apart. Do not store eye drops with any other drop bottles (like ear drops, superglue, or your pet’s medication drops).
  2. Keep them in their boxes. Leave your eye drops and ear drops in their original boxes. There are often pictures of an ear or eye on the boxes, but not on the bottles.
  3. Know your eyedrop names and cap colors. Learn the name and cap color of your medications so you take them correctly. If you can’t see your eyedrop bottles clearly enough to tell them apart, tell your doctor.
  4. Check your medicine—out loud. Read the dropper label out loud to help avoid mistakes.
  5. Take eye and ear drops at different times. This can help reduce the risk of mixing them up as you put them in your eyes/ears.
  6. Throw away leftover drops. Get rid of any leftover drops once you are through using them. The fewer the bottles, the fewer to get mixed up.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeSmart
Written By: Kierstan Boyd
Reviewed By: Thomas L Steinemann MD
Jul. 31, 2019


CBD Oil May Worsen Glaucoma

Marijuana… good or bad for glaucoma?

According to a recent article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology where they cited a study by researchers from Indiana,
CBD doesn’t lower eye pressure, it raises it!

Read more here!

Top Three Sports Causing Eye Injuries

According to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, 30,000 Americans find themselves in the Emergency Room annually due to sports related eye injuries!

The top three culprits: Basketball, Baseball & Paintball Guns.

Read this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to for ways to prevent injury.


Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can cause the loss of central vision (the vision you use to see faces of loved ones, read and watch TV).  BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO!

Dr. Memmen is able to diagnose and treat AMD.  Continue to see the beautiful faces of your grandchildren!

Click here to watch a video.


Glaucoma won’t actually make your eyes pop out of your head!
In fact, most patients experience no symptoms until it’s too late.
Schedule an appointment today.


A person’s ancestry and heritage can play a significant role in one’s risk for certain diseases.

Eye diseases are no exception.

Check out this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to learn more!


GLAUCOMA affects over 3 Million Americans.

Some forms of glaucoma have no symptoms until it’s too late!

If you have one or more of these risk factors, see an ophthalmologist to preserve your vision:

  • Over 40 years old
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • History of eye injury
  • African, Hispanic or Asian heritage
  • History of high eye pressure
  • Diabetic

Check-out this Glaucoma simulator from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Green Apple Eye Care will be CLOSED on the following dates
in observance of Christmas and the New Year:

 Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

 Monday, January 1, 2018

  We wish you a very blessed Christmas Season!

James E. Memmen, M.D. & Staff


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BLOODSHOT EYE? – When to See the Doctor

Sometimes a bloodshot eye is NOTHING and sometimes it’s SOMETHING.
But how do you know if you should see a doctor?

You should SEE A DOCTOR ASAP if your bloodshot eyes are paired with the following:

  • Your eyes are seeping or encrusted with yellow, brown or green mucous, see a doctor as soon as you can. This can be a sign of infection that needs medical treatment.
  • You are experiencing pain in or around your eyes or unusual tenderness.
  • You have unusual sensitivity to light.
  • You have a fever or overall sickness.
  • Redness or discomfort lasts more than a week (after you’ve tried home remedies – listed below).
  • Your child has been exposed to pink eye (conjunctivitis)

If you do not have the symptoms listed above, a HOME REMEDY may be all you need.
Some Options Include:

  • Using over-the-counter artificial tears
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops, especially if you are prone to seasonal allergies
  • Using over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops with a steroid— *if you’ve been previously diagnosed with red eyes due to allergies
  • Placing cool compresses or washcloths on your closed eyes a couple of times a day
  • Avoiding triggers or irritants such as smoke, fumes, pollen, dust, chlorine or pet dander
  • Washing your hands often, not touching your eyes unless you’ve just washed your hands, and using clean bedding and towels daily.

If the home remedies don’t help after one week, it’s time to schedule an appointment.

View the full article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology here.




Dry Eyes can be caused by a number of things including, but not limited to: environmental factors, health conditions and medications.

Dry eye cannot be cured — it is a chronic condition requiring lifestyle changes and sometimes medical treatment to maintain consistent eye comfort and relief.

Patients often try over-the-counter artificial tears to relieve dry eye symptoms.  Try lubricating eye drops like Refresh, Systane, Soothe or Blink.  AVOID drops with a redness reliever or allergy component like Visine, Similasan or Naphcon A.

For more information, see the full article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.