You can buy some topical corticosteroids "over-the-counter" without a prescription. For example, for dermatitis, you can buy the steroid cream called hydrocortisone 1% from your pharmacy. Do not apply this to your face unless your doctor has told you to do so. This is because it may trigger a skin condition affecting the face ( acne or rosacea. ) Long-term use may also damage the skin. On your face this would be more noticeable than the rest of your body. So usually only weak steroids are used on the face. Those which are suitable are prescription-only.
Visine and many other over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops are not good choices for the treatment of eye allergies . Many OTC eye drops contain topical decongestants, such as naphazoline and tetrahydrozoline, which act to decrease redness of the eyes. Some OTC eye drops combine topical decongestants and topical antihistamines, such as found in Visine-A and Opcon-A. While these various eye drops are effective for the short-term relief of eye redness, as well as eye itching when the topical antihistamine is added, the long-term use of topical decongestants can lead to side effects.
I just did the same thing – thought I was reaching for saline solution and put the freakin’ clean and clear in my eye. Holy f-ing crap (!) I am really scared I seriously messed up my eye. If course I am going out in a few minutes and now I have to wear my glasses instead and my one eye looks like a drug addict. I seriously think this sh*t should be taken off the market. I am going to go back to the all in one stuff for sure now! I seriously think this could qualify for a law suit! WTF? The warning is really not all that big and if someone had not told me that you can’t put it directly in your eye, I would have done it a while ago. This stuff, along with the anal-leakage causing Wow chips has to be the most ridiculous excuse of a product to ever dawn a store shelf.