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What are artificial tears made out of?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marilyn Huheey
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: "sterile spit"
Water, salt, mucin.

In brief: "sterile spit"
Water, salt, mucin.
Dr. Marilyn Huheey
Dr. Marilyn Huheey
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Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Various ingredients in artificial; tears
Arificial tears are made of saline solution, a lubricant, and a preservative.
There is a big difference in the quality of the lubricant and the gentleness of the preservative between name brand tears and store brand.

In brief: Various ingredients in artificial; tears
Arificial tears are made of saline solution, a lubricant, and a preservative.
There is a big difference in the quality of the lubricant and the gentleness of the preservative between name brand tears and store brand.
Dr. Edward Meier
Dr. Edward Meier
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Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: The ingredients vary
Artificial tears vary in ingredients based on the manufacturer of the tear. The more viscous tears have carboxymethylcellulose which allows the tear to remain on the eye.
Some other brand contain mineral oil to help with evaporative dry eyes. Ask you doctor which tear is best for your type of dry eyes. Everyone's chemistry is different and one drop may work better than another.

In brief: The ingredients vary
Artificial tears vary in ingredients based on the manufacturer of the tear. The more viscous tears have carboxymethylcellulose which allows the tear to remain on the eye.
Some other brand contain mineral oil to help with evaporative dry eyes. Ask you doctor which tear is best for your type of dry eyes. Everyone's chemistry is different and one drop may work better than another.
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology
In brief: Mostly water
Mostly water, some ions to balance the ph, some oily component.

In brief: Mostly water
Mostly water, some ions to balance the ph, some oily component.
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Dr. Ari Weitzner
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Dr. Daniel Wachtel
Ophthalmology
In brief: Methyl cellulose
Commercial lubricating eye drops are formulated to resemble your own tears as closely as possible with added lubricants to extend duration of effectiveness.

In brief: Methyl cellulose
Commercial lubricating eye drops are formulated to resemble your own tears as closely as possible with added lubricants to extend duration of effectiveness.
Dr. Daniel Wachtel
Dr. Daniel Wachtel
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Dr. Bud Kurwa
Ophthalmology
In brief: Methyl cellulose
This allows the drops to stay on your eyes longer. Many different companies use other ingredients also.

In brief: Methyl cellulose
This allows the drops to stay on your eyes longer. Many different companies use other ingredients also.
Dr. Bud Kurwa
Dr. Bud Kurwa
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