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What's the difference between artificial tears and regular naphcon drops?

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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Naphcon = medication: Naphcon drops are vaso-constrictors that constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. They should only be used for a short time. Long term usage can cause rebound vaso-congestion which results in worsening redness in the eyes when the drop is not used. Using it more than a few times a day for a few weeks is likely too long. Artifical tears are better for a lubricant for dry eyes.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between artificial tears and regular naphcon?

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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Naphcon = medication: Naphcon drops are vaso-constrictors that constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. They should only be used for a short time. Long term usage can cause rebound vaso-congestion which results in worsening redness in the eyes when the drop is not used. Using it more than a few times a day for a few weeks is likely too long. Artifical tears are better for a lubricant for dry eyes.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Please advise what is the difference between artificial tears and regular naphcon?

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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
A lot: Artificial tears attempt to replace portiond of the natural tear layer (mucous, aqueous, lipid) . Different artificial tear replace these in different amounts. Naphcon is an antihistamine that blocks histamine receptors, reducing allergic symptoms.

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