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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
Of course: Every company that makes eyedrops, makes a variety of tears. There are some differences but the goal is to supplement natural tears and make the eye more comfortable. If you are treating eye dryness, you can try several different ones and see which makes you feel the best. Hypotears (artificial tears) is a good brand, but there are dozens of others as well. ...Read more
Hypotears/artificial tears that's better for dry eyes? Can I use presenvative artificial tears for long term and daily?
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
Eye lubrication: Lacrilube (artificial tears) is a purified petrolatum which is certified for use on the eye. It is use 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
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
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
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
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
Artificial tears: The components are different.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Rarely: The preservatives can irritate. Otherwise, no.Get a more detailed answer ›
Artificial tears: Yes, as often as needed.Get a more detailed answer ›
None: There are no side effects from this product. Rarely someone who is highly allergic may be allergic to the preservative in it. ...Read more
Preservative-free: Usually, eyedrops in a bottle are meant for multiple doses, and have a preservative to prevent germs from growing in the bottle after the bottle is opened. Single-use vials are meant for only one dose (one use), and do not need preservatives because they are expected to be thrown away after being opened. ...Read more
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
Artificial tears: Absolutely!Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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. ...Read more