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How are eye drops used for dry eye?

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As you get older, your body makes fewer, lower-quality tears. You may have more than you used to -- these are called reflex tears. But they don't stick around long enough to get your eye wet. Other signs of dry eyes are:

  • Sandy or scratchy feeling
  • Burning or stinging
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Stringy discharge
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Changes in vision

Over-the-counter artificial tears can help, but you should use them only during the day. Other treatments can help more severe cases.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

World Health Organization.

FDA.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

International Society for Refractive Surgery/American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gimbel Eye Centre.

Myers, T. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update, June 2005.

Medical News Today: "Risk of Glaucoma in Patients With Elevated Eye Pressure Can Be Predicted by Model," "Lazy Eye Treatment Beyond Patches and Daily Drops," "Expert Develops Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Method to Replace Eye Drops," "Delivery Improvements of the AMD-drug Lucentis on the Way."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 26, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

World Health Organization.

FDA.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

International Society for Refractive Surgery/American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gimbel Eye Centre.

Myers, T. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update, June 2005.

Medical News Today: "Risk of Glaucoma in Patients With Elevated Eye Pressure Can Be Predicted by Model," "Lazy Eye Treatment Beyond Patches and Daily Drops," "Expert Develops Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Method to Replace Eye Drops," "Delivery Improvements of the AMD-drug Lucentis on the Way."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 26, 2020

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