San Diego Lasik eye doctor Reviews
One to One Lasik in San Diego
Sanford G. Feldman, M.D.,
Ellie E. Samadani, M.D.
Patricia S. Bainter, M.D.
Maulik S. Zaveri, M.D. M.S.
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Eye Care
Artificial Tear Products for the
Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome

How can “Dry Eye Syndrome” cause watery eyes?

Artificial tear products are the mainstay treatment for patients with Dry Eye Syndrome. There are many different types and many different brands. These products are all designed to lubricate the
eye when the eye itself is not producing enough of its own lubricating tears. Dry Eye Syndrome
can cause burning, itching, a feeling of sand in the eyes, redness, and even decreased vision.
Ironically, lack of the “good” lubricating tears can also result in over-production of a non-soothing tear called a “reflex tear,” which makes the eyes seem overly watery. So, ironically, one of the common symptoms of what we call “Dry Eye Syndrome” is actually watery eyes caused by too many “bad” reflex tears. In-office testing can help us determine the combination of artificial tear products that will be best for your condition. Call us at 858 273-0200 to schedule your appointment.

Artificial tear drops are available over the counter without a prescription and can be used up to several times per day to replace the good, lubricating tears that may be missing in Dry Eye Syndrome. Some brands are more watery. Other brands are more oily. Some have preservatives in them. Some are made without preservative for use in people with unusually sensitive eyes.

Artificial tears also come in thicker form called “gel-drops.” These last longer on the eye and may not need to be used as often. They can sometimes blur the vision for a time, though, because they are thick.

You can also buy artificial tear “gel” which is even thicker than drops and gel-drops. The gel is usually placed inside the eye at night, to provide through-the-night protection. Gel can blur the vision for a time.

The longest lasting artificial tear product is artificial tear ointment. This has the consistency of Vaseline and typically blurs the vision much more than drops, gel-drops, and gels. That’s why ointments are usually recommended only for night time use, and particularly when a dry eye problem is being aggravated by failure of the eyelids to close completely at night.

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