artificial tears


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ar·ti·fi·cial tears

mixtures of fluid compounds to substitute for naturally produced t's.

artificial tears

a pharmaceutical preparation of various polymers that can be instilled in the eyes of patients suffering from dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

artificial tears

A solution containing 0.5% carboxymethyl cellulose or 5% polyvinyl alcohol, used to treat dry eye–xerophthalmia, often associated with Sjögren syndrome, which may also be due to sarcoidosis, senile lacrimal gland atrophy, acute or chronic infectious dacryoadenitis–eg, gonococcal and trachoma or tumors–eg, lymphomas, pseudolymphoma, 1º or metastatic carcinoma

artificial tears

Bland solutions designed to maintain the wetness of the cornea in conditions of abnormal dryness from inadequate tear secretion. Methylcellulose is a common ingredient.
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Efficacy and safety of two new formulations of artificial tears in subjects with dry eye disease: a 3-month, multicenter, active-controlled, randomized trial.
If blepharitis is the underlying cause and lid hygiene and education along with long-term artificial tears has not proven effective, additional intervention may be required.
In the present study, it was observed that most commonly prescribed drugs for dry eye syndrome were artificial tears, NSAIDs, and steroids, which was comparable to the previous studies.
Long term treatment with sodium hyaluronate containing artificial tears reduces ocular surface damage in patients with dry eye.
Artificial tears primarily provide symptomatic relief and do not address the underlying causes of dry eye disease; however, they may be adequate for treating mild or episodic dry eye.
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Artificial tears or eye drops can help relieve the discomfort of dry eyes.
As a general rule, if you use artificial tears more than two to three times a day for dry eye symptoms, you should visit an eye health professional to discuss additional treatments.
Restasis eye drops combat inflammation in a way that artificial tears cannot.
During the summer, dry eyes are very common so ask your pharmacist for artificial tears to lubricate them as this may be all that is needed.
Dear Editor,-President Bush 'sets his face to all occasions and wets his cheeks with artificial tears.
Q I have dry eyes and use a lot of artificial tears.