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What is the best brand for free preservative artificial tears and omega-3 fatty acid? Does restasis has a preservative?

What is the best brand for free preservative artificial tears and omega-3 fatty acid? Does restasis has a preservative?

Sjogren's: If you have sjogren's as the cause of your dry eyes, preservatives can cause more ocular irritation compared to a person who does not have sjogren's. I honestly do not know which one is the best though systane is popular. Flax seed oil which has omega 3 has studied in sjogren's and demonstrated improved with dry eyes. Your eye doctor would need to answer the? About Restasis preservatives. ...Read more

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Best preservative free artificial tears for people with blepharitis?

Best preservative free artificial tears for people with blepharitis?

Preservative free: This response is specific for the person and their specific underlying cause or reason for using artificial tears. In my experience the most success is with refresh advanced, retain MGD, refresh celluvisc, md Bion tears. I have had a lot of success with recommending Systane Balance although it has preservatives. Once again it depends on your underlying reason for using artificial tears. ...Read more

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Hypotears /artificial tears that's best for dry eye? Can I use artificialtears (preservative)daily for long term? I can't find restasis, what's other best?

Hypotears /artificial tears that's best for dry eye? Can I use artificialtears (preservative)daily for long term? I can't find restasis, what's other best?

Any tear substitute: There are a great many drops for dry eye. For longterm use I recommend preservative-free ones to avoid allergic reactions. Restasis is dilute cyclosporin, an immunosuppressant only available with a prescription ...Read more

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Are lubricating artificial tears without preservative safe to use?

Are lubricating artificial tears without preservative safe to use?

Yes: Non preserved artificial tears are often recommended for the treatment of dry eyes in individuals who are sensitive to preservatives. There use can be very frequent (every 30' or so) due to low surface irritation side effects. Just as with any eye drop medication, avoid contamination of the dropper tip. Non preserved drops last generally 1 day, & are best refrigerated in between uses to protect. ...Read more

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Why does my tearfilm feel so thick after I have been adding preservative free artificial tears to my eyes??!? Making my vision very blurry for weeks

Why does my tearfilm feel so thick after I have been adding preservative free artificial tears to my eyes??!? Making my vision very blurry for weeks

Teardrops: Dear Jackie,

May I ask what brand of preservative-free tears you are using and who suggested those to you?

Dry eye syndrome has many causes such as allergy.

Please respond to me so that I may help further.

Dr. Joe Crapotta
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Many of the preservative free artificial tears still have phosphate in some form or another (e.g. disodium phosphate) is it safe for long term use?

Many of the preservative free artificial tears still have phosphate in some form or another (e.g. disodium phosphate) is it safe for long term use?

Safe: The phosphate salt is for pH balance and not for anti-bacterial use. Your body is full of phosphate salts and they are an important part of your metabolism. Nothing here to worry about and it is safe to use long term. ...Read more

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The preservatives in artificial tears are making my eyes tire more quickly from computer use. Hope this can be undone by switching, ie, not permanent?

Artificial Tears: Stop using the drops. Doubtful it is permeant. Consider having your eyes examined by Ophthalmology to see if there is a better treatment for dry eyes and eye fatigue. Perhaps you need glasses or anti reflective screen. ...Read more

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Dry eyes. Using eye gel 3x/day + no preservatives artificial tears. Eyes always a lot of red veins. Means long term inflammation? Permanent damage?

Dry eyes. Using eye gel 3x/day + no preservatives artificial tears. Eyes always a lot of red veins. Means long term inflammation? Permanent damage?

Some thoughts: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health and...
there's a wide variety of causes of dry eyes.
Medicine effects, autoimmune disease (sjorgren's), age, low humiidty/hi wind and feel that way from irritation (foreign body, infection, allergy, etc.) ...Read more

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

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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Can artificial tears irritate your eyes if you change the brand from month to month?

Depends...: Some people are sensitive to some brands than others. Has nothing to do with switching. ...Read more

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What's the best artificial tears for dry eyes?

Artificial tears: Refresh optive and systane ultra are both good products although there are a lot of good options. ...Read more

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What is the best artificial tears for dry eyes?

What is the best artificial tears for dry eyes?

Dry eyes!: Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild steroid drops, NSAID drops) or punctal occlusion may be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best blocked tear duct treatment - artificial tears?

Massage eyelid: Artificial tears will not help. Gentle massage of the inner corner of the lower eyelid may open the duct. Probing of the tear duct by an ophthalmologist may be needed. ...Read more

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Are artificial tears, eye drops the best product to reduce redness caused by old age?

Depends: Red eyes in the elderly may have many causes : they include dry eyes, allergies and other more serious problems like glaucoma and iritis. See an opthamologist to make the right diagnosis and star the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Can patanol (allergy eye) n artificial tears used at same time? What's good brand for allergy eye? Can I use artificialtears (morning) n contact after it?

Can patanol (allergy eye) n artificial tears used at same time? What's good brand for allergy eye? Can I use artificialtears (morning) n contact after it?

Couple answers:: Patanol (olopatadine) and artificial tears can be taken together but they counteract each other so it's pointless. Patanol (olopatadine) dries out your eyes, artificial tears are supposed to wet your eyes but don't work well anyway. If u have allergies and dry eyes, try a punctum plug to help your dry eyes, which helps with contacts too. Or a mild steroid drop like Alrex will treat both. But these can't be used with contacts. ...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

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