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Best Preservative Free Artificial Tears Glycol
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
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
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
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?
Why do my eyes start feeling heavy and numb after I use too much preservative free artificial tears? I have blepharitis so my eyes get dry very fast
Stop using: Stop using the products. Find the products that maybe a little difference or just use normal saline. ...Read more
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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
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
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
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?
Dry eyes. Using eye gel 3x/day + no preservatives artificial tears. Eyes always a lot of red veins. Means long term inflammation? Permanent damage?
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
Best preservative free eyedrops for unstable tear film? My tear flim is everything look foggy and cloudy
Pretty much equal: There are a variety of over the counter preservative free lubricating artificial tears available and they all work relatively well. Different brands may be more or less effective in an individual patient. Refresh optive, Celluvisc, Systane and Blink are all high quality preservative free brands. ...Read more
Ask your doctor/clin: Ask your doctor or clinic and they can tell you if they have thiomersal free flu vaccine. ...Read more
I've been using a lot of artificial preservative free eyedrops lately for my blepharitis/dry eye more than usual vision haschanged since then to foggy?
Still dry: Foggy vision is consistent with dry eyes, and would suggest you need even more artificial tears. With such an acute change, it suggests that something has happened. For example, you may have recently acquired an eye infection, which then causes the eyes to become even more dry. You should see your eye MD to see exactly why your eyes are more dry. ...Read more
My eye is red after using steroids and antibiotics. I have been to the doctor and he told me to use artificial tears. I used Systane but it gave me eye pain. I used Refresh Plus Preservative Free drops for a week. My eye is still red. Can I use Zaditor?
See an eyeMD: There can be many components to a red eye. Many times chronic inflammation of your eyelid margins, dry eyes or allergies can underlie a conjunctivitis. A short course of a steroid antibiotic combination may not be sufficient or may even make the situation worse as can the preservatives in certain tear preparations. Please see an ophthalmologist to try and make a better diagnosis and treatment plan ...Read more
Can using too many eye drops make your eyes drier? I use preservative free drops and they help for about 5 min then they feel drier.
Sometimes: Overexposure to a high amount of eye drops can sometimes make eyes dryer. This process can follow from preservative exposure, sensitivity to the drop used, or causing an imbalance to the tear film. Although a preservative free drop can be beneficial, you can also try a "balanced" drop which treats all layers of the tear film (mucin, aqueous, & lipid). ...Read more
For single use!: First, some people are bothered by preservatives. However, preservative free are always for use by one person, and should be refrigerated. Seriously, eye drops should not be shared, but those are the two reasons. Finally a third: some eye drops contain medications interfered with by the preservatives. ...Read more
Is it possible to use preservative free drops too much after lasik? ~6weeks postop and using them every half hour! Plugs already put in. Worried!
Don't worry: Can be normal. Give it some more time and it will change. ...Read more
I've been using preservative free eyedrops my vision has turned cloudy I've been using it a lot, cause if I don't eyes burn doctors said theycan't help?
Sometimes, eye dryness happens if you wear contact lenses, and with advancing age.
Using Artificial Tears, or Refresh liquid gel can help keep your eyes moisturized and prevent further damage to the cornea.
If you have an underlying condition, only your eye doctor can determine what's best for you. ...Read more
Been drinking preservative free aloe Vera juice since yesterday and didn't realize it was supposed to be refrigerated after opening. Will I get sick?
What R U treating?: Aloe is used in folk medicine for worm infestation, stomach disorders, colic, constipation, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, menstrual complaints, skin disorders. However, aloe is contraindicated in cases of intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis, & unexplained abdominal pain. If you have gerd use appropriate rx & diet, but if you question your "diagnosis" see your doctor. ...Read more
How good are the preservative free flu vaccine? And what's the difference from the regular flu shot?
Any flu shot better: Than none. Thimerosal is preservative used in multi-dose vials of flu vaccines while single-dose vials are preservative free. Other than that, there is no difference between the actual active flu shot. The preservative is used to prevent contamination when a multi-dose vial is punctured several times. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/complex-regional-pain-syndrome/ds00265 for more info. ...Read more
Irritation: Dry eyes are predisposed to ocular surface changes that can have varied symptoms, such as foreign body sensation, blurry vision, redness, pain, heaviness, fatigue with prolonged near vision tasks, reflex tearing or absence of tearing to name a few. Dry eye therapy involves many approaches to treating & helping improve the symptoms. Even the treatments can have associated irritations. ...Read more
My "Refresh Plus" lubricant eye drops expired back in 2008. They are preservative-free and the containers are sealed/unopened. Is it safe to use them?
If sealed it is OK: There is nothing in Refresh plus that would decay unless stored in excessive heat. As long as the bottle/ container is undisturbed and the solution within them appears clear, you can use them. ...Read more
My friend uses glaucoma drops for a while however she suddenly got red eyes that continued for 2months. Preservative free cosopt drops would help?
Maybe: Many patients have less of an inflammatory reaction with preservative free drops. ...Read more
Dry eyes. How long can preservative free eye drop vial be used? Leaflet says discard after one time use. Some doc say 1 day, some say save for 48 hrs.
Drops: My advice is that they can be used for 24 hours. Eye drops are tricky because it is easy to introduce an infection. Better to be safe than sorry! ...Read more
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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