Thursday, June 4, 2015

Using Eye Drops on Shabbat

Using Eye Drops on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: June 4, 2015
Parshat: Biha'aloticha
Yalkut Yosef: 328

An elderly person who does not see well, or a person suffering from pain or infection in his eyes, who feels that he may lose his sight may do melachot Derabanan in order to help himself. This includes instructing a goy to do a melacha De'oraitah. Therefore, it is permissible for such a person to use any ointments or drops necessary to help the situation. If there is no danger of blindness, only a little pain, nothing may be done on Shabbat, just like any other situation of Mihush Be'alma. Of course, if it is a life threatening situation anything possible must be done. If the person is suffering from a serious illness in his eyes and is accompanied by extreme pain it is considered to be pikauh nefesh and anything necessary should be done. A person who wears contacts may put drops in his eyes if they get too dry.

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