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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Artificial Tears (Overview)

Artificial tears is an eye-affecting agent.


Dr. Tim Conrad
329 doctors shared insights

Artificial Tears (Overview)

Artificial tears is an eye-affecting agent.


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I went to the eye doctor cause had blurry vision due to over using my artificial tears . He proscribed me "zylet" can zylet worsen my blurry vision?

I went to the eye doctor cause had blurry vision due to over using my artificial tears . He proscribed me "zylet" can zylet worsen my blurry vision?

Yes: Zylet contains a corticosteroid and an amino glycoside antibiotic, which can cause a toxic reaction in the cornea, resulting in blurred vision. Also, the preservative is benzalkonium chloride which, with frequent use, can also be toxic, causing blurred vision. However, with short term use it most likely will not be a problem. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use artificial tears, or some other type of rewetting eyedrops? Any dangers?

Is it ok to use artificial tears, or some other type of rewetting eyedrops?  Any dangers?

Preservative effects: Artificial tears are very safe and don't result in inhibition of your normal tearing. Prolonged use of artificial tears can result in sensitivity to the preservatives causing redness, irritation and burning when dropping them in. Preservative free tears are available. ...Read more

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I am suffering from dry eyes (blur vision occurs after 1 sec) since 1 year. I have used artificial tears/ointments but still no affect. What should I do?

I am suffering from dry eyes (blur vision occurs after 1 sec) since 1 year. I have used artificial tears/ointments but still no affect. What should I do?

See ophthamologist: You need to have an eye examination and a test(schirmer) to you eye to evaluate the teat production. This could have several causes and needs care. ...Read more

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How can I make dry eyes more comfortable with contacts? I’ve always preferred contacts, but in the last few years i’ve started having really dry eyes. I use artificial tears eye drops, and they work when i’m wearing glasses, but not so good when i’m weari

How can I make dry eyes more comfortable with contacts? I’ve always preferred contacts, but in the last few years i’ve started having really dry eyes. I use artificial tears eye drops, and they work when i’m wearing glasses, but not so good when i’m weari

Treat cause: The best way to make your dry eyes better is to find out the cause of your dry eye disease. Environmental exposure, decrease mucin, aqueous, lipid, pharmacologic, hormonal etc. Get an exam to determine the cause so you can get a customized treatment plan. ...Read more

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My eyes are watery. I have been using artificial tears and dry eye relief but no use. I am having this problem since I was 14 years.?

My eyes are watery. I have been using artificial tears and dry eye relief but no use. I am having this problem since I was 14 years.?

Tearing: Could represent allergies (if they itch) or it could be a tear duct problem. Would follow up with an eyemd (ophthalmologist). ...Read more

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Can using artificial tears have a side effect of making my eyes lighter?

Can using artificial tears have a side effect of making my eyes lighter?

Possibly: If your eyes are red from dry eye irritation, keeping them adequately lubricated may decrease the inflammation and redness. ...Read more

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How long is considered "prolonged use" of artificial tears? 1 week, a month?

Opinions will vary: "Prolonged use" is a subjective term and there is no clear cut answer for your question, so this will vary from physician to physician. For me, if you need artificial tears for a month, then there is a problem that should be investigated. If it's just a few days or even 1-2 weeks then its likely not a problem. ...Read more

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No pain, no itching, just red eyes. Condition I've had throughout my life. Tried many eye drops, mostly artificial tears. Ways to prevent redness?

No pain, no itching, just red eyes. Condition I've had throughout my life. Tried many eye drops, mostly artificial tears. Ways to prevent redness?

Many possibilities: It can be way too many things to list, such as chronic allergies, pterygium, chronic dry eyes, large blood vessels, etc. An ophthalmologist would be able to tell. The one thing you don't want to start doing is self treating with very dangerous eye drops, such as visine and clear eyes, which will certainly make it worse. Start with an ophthalmology exam and go from there. Feel better. ...Read more

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I wear soft contacts. Are artificial tears safe to use or should I use rewetting drops only?

Contact comfort: All eye drops while wearing contacts are to be avoided unless specifically labelled to be used in that fashion. Eye comfort drops for contact wearers would be ok,. ...Read more

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I doing lid compress-massage-hygiene + use artificial tears for mgd n dry eyes. But lid margin n eye crner skin is still itch+have many blisters. Help?

I doing lid compress-massage-hygiene + use artificial tears for mgd n dry eyes. But lid margin n eye crner skin is still itch+have many blisters. Help?

Other modes of: Treatment for this, need to coordinate which is best for you. These include Doxycycline or Minocin (minocycline) pills for 1-2 months, fish oil gel caps or even Restasis drops may help. There is ciurrently a procedure called lipiflow tha t can help but is very expensive and needs repeating every 6 months or so. ...Read more

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What are hypotears (artificial tears)?

What are hypotears (artificial tears)?

Hypotears (artificial tears): Hypotears: hypo tears lubricant eye drops, sterile, economy size 1 fl oz (30 ml) are lubricant eye drops available at amazon. Com or drugstore. Com and elsewhere. ...Read more

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What's lacrilube (artificial tears) for?

Eye lubrication: Lacrilube (artificial tears) is a purified petrolatum which is certified for use on the eye. It is used to lubricate the eye, especially in cases of eye dryness more than the average and is used in hospitals to protect the eyes in situations where the eyes might dry out. It is a brand name, and there are a number of equivalent over the counter products with the same effect. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of artificial tears?

Lubrication: They provide lubrication. Some tears are more viscous. Some have oil added to help with evaporation. ...Read more

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What are tears naturale (artificial tears) for?

What are tears naturale (artificial tears) for?

Dryness: Tears naturale (artificial tears) is the brand name of a popular eye lubricant. If your problem is only eye dryness and your ophthalmologist has eliminated other causes, then this is an excellent lubricant available over the counter. ...Read more

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Is always safe to use hypotears (artificial tears)?

Hypotears (artificial tears): Hypotears: hypo tears lubricant eye drops, sterile, economy size 1 fl oz (30 ml) are lubricant eye drops available at amazon. Com or drugstore. Com and elsewhere. Commerically prepared eye lubricants are generally safe for anyone, any condition. The rare problem would be an allergy to a preservative or other component of the eye drops. ...Read more

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What type of artificial tears are best and safest for use?

Artificial tears: Any brand of artificial tears should be ok to use. If you need to administer the tears very frequently, preservative free tears may be better because you can get sensitized to the preservatives. ...Read more

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Took lacrilube (artificial tears) without success. Anybody else have that?

Took lacrilube (artificial tears) without success. Anybody else have that?

Dry eyes: I am guessing your ophthalmolgist said you have some degree of eye dryness. Lacrilube (artificial tears) is a topical ointment useful to apply at night only just before sleep to help keep the eye protected during sleep. If ineffective for you, then you might have to supplement during the day with a topical drop labeled lubricating or tear replacement. Don't use the ones labeled "gets the red out". ...Read more

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No tears. I tried lacrilube (artificial tears) without success. Next steps?

No tears. I tried lacrilube (artificial tears) without success. Next steps?

Omega-3 fatty acids: The first priority is to find out the cause(rule out sjogrens disease or lacrimal gland dysfunction) with an easy test. Medication side effects can be a source of dry eyes, so talk to your doctor. Staying well hydrated and increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, (dha and epa) such as flaxseed oil does help. An ophthalmologist may insert punctal plugs or prescribe Cyclosporine eye drops. ...Read more

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How long is considered "prolonged use" of artificial tears? 1 week, a month?

Opinions will vary: "Prolonged use" is a subjective term and there is no clear cut answer for your question, so this will vary from physician to physician. For me, if you need artificial tears for a month, then there is a problem that should be investigated. If it's just a few days or even 1-2 weeks then its likely not a problem. ...Read more

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Used a whole bottle with tears naturale, (artificial tears) should this be refilled?

How to refill?: Do you mean that you should get more? If it worked, and your eyes are dry and need the extra lubrication, then by all means get more. If you mean can the bottle be refilled, I don't know how you would do this. Larger reservoir bottles of tears naturale (artificial tears) are not for sale. The bottle you emptied in use is disposable. Tears naturale (artificial tears) is a fine product and very useful. ...Read more

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What kind of artificial tears should I use? Is there any specific item? If yes, can you please tell me? Thanks!

It depends: There are many manufacturors and types of tears. Certain patients have brand preferences. However, I think of three general classes. Tears for "mild dry eye", gels for "moderate dry eye" and ointments for "severe dry eye." the thicker the product the more protection but also the more blur to vision. Please discuss a strategy with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is systane ultra (ud) the same as artificial tears?

A variant: Systane is a slightly thicker tear replacement which I call syrupy. It will cling to the eye a little longer, providing more lengthy relief than ordinary tear replacements. So commonly it is used less often although in extremely dry eyes the schedule is very frequent. ...Read more

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How about any negative effects of artificial tears?

How about any negative effects of artificial tears?

Preservative effects: Prolonged use of artificial tears can result in sensitivity to the preservatives causing redness, irritation and burning when dropping them in. Preservative free tears are available. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Tears Naturale (Definition)

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Lacrilube (Definition)

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