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Is saline solution the same as artificial tears?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology
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In brief: No

Artificial tears is a more complex solution than saline.
Artificial tears contain salt and other electrolytes, a buffer and a thickening agent. Saline is okay to put in your eyes but does not work as well as artificial tears.

In brief: No

Artificial tears is a more complex solution than saline.
Artificial tears contain salt and other electrolytes, a buffer and a thickening agent. Saline is okay to put in your eyes but does not work as well as artificial tears.
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