Artificial tears are essentially eye drops that you can use to lubricate your dry eyes. They are designed to maintain moisture on the outer surface of the eye, and can be used to treat dry eyes resulting from:
You can get artificial tears without a prescription, but you may have to try out a few different brands before you settle on the best one for you.
In addition to lubricating your eyes, some artificial tears can also heal your eyes; others can decrease tear evaporation. Some have thickening agents that keep the solution on the surface of the eyes for a longer period of time.
There are two types of artificial tears, according to the Mayo Clinic:
You can also get artificial tears as nonprescription gels and gel inserts, but be aware they could cause temporary blurred vision.
Still not getting relief? Try an artificial tear ointment. These can also cause temporary blurred vision, so it’s best to apply this ointment before bedtime.
And if all else fails, make an appointment with your ophthalmologist who can give you an exam and suggest other treatments that may provide relief.
It’s a good idea to get this squared away before winter, which brings dry air that can further irritate your eyes and skin. If you wear contact lenses or suffer from chronic allergies, you have a higher risk for getting dry eyes.
Here are some other tips for preventing or soothing dry eyes in addition to artificial tears:
If you feel like you’re always suffering from dry or itchy eyes – not just in winter — make an appointment with Simon Eye for prescription relief. We can also determine if you have an underlying condition that is causing your discomfort. Contact us at 302-239-1933.