The Patient's Guide to Artificial Tears7:52 PM
Need a rewetting drop? Try browsing the eye drop aisle at your local pharmacy and you will immediately find yourself overwhelmed with the number of products available. Dry Eye Syndrome is one of the most common ocular problems of our generation. Between endless marathons of computer use and the dryness associated with so many common systemic medications for allergies, high blood pressure, and anxiety or depression, dryness is a way of life for many Americans. Only your doctor can tell you what kind of Dry Eye you suffer from (yes, there are different types!). Here's a break down of the best over the counter tears for the underlying causes of your dryness.
Aqueous deficiency is the "classic" dryness we talk about with dry eye. These patients usually have dryness as a result of hormonal changes, systemic medication side effects, contact lens wear, or extended computer use. My favorite drops for these patients (which can also be used over contact lenses) are:
|Clogged meibomian oil glands are a very common cause of dryness! Photo via Review of Optometry|
|Ectropion is very common as the eyelids naturally begin to|
loose elasticity and sag.