Lubricating Eye Drops 2022
Dry eye disease (DED) is a prevalent condition across the globe, affecting people of all ages and demographics. Treatment of DED starts simple and can become more complex depending upon the severity of the condition and how each patient responds to treatment. 99% of all dry eye cases require some form of lubrication, and the number of choices can definitely be overwhelming.
Our doctors have put together a good-better-best approach to our recommendations for first-line artificial tear therapy. They are available without a prescription online and at the major pharmacies and grocery stores. The key to success is to use them consistently everyday!
Good – Mainstays
Better – Last longer, can temporarily blur vision
Best – Preservative free, a good choice for those who need drops more than four times per day
Refresh Celluvisc is preservative free and thicker – lasts longer, can temporarily blur vision
For those who wake up with symptoms, a thicker lubricant before sleep can be helpful.
The oils that provide quality tears are produced in the eyelids. Applying 10 minutes of sustained heat to the eyelids daily can significantly improve the condition of the natural tears. The best results are obtained from a microwavable mask. A warm washcloth tends to lose the heat too quickly; traditional methods including rice in a sock and tea bags risk overheating.
Other helpful ideas:
- 20/20/20 When staring at screens, every 20 min look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Modify your environment. Add a humidifier. Turn fans and vents away from the face.
- Clean the eyelids. Use a warm washcloth and gently rub the eyelashes.
- Stop smoking. Smoking greatly increases symptoms.
Remember, dry eye disease is a long term battle and has many causes. No one treatment is a cure-all. Continue to stay positive and be sure to call our office if symptoms worsen.