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

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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Clement Cheng
Dr. Clement Cheng
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