artificial tears


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ar·ti·fi·cial tears

mixtures of fluid compounds to substitute for naturally produced t's.
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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
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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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A prospective, randomized, open-label study to evaluate the efficacy of cyclosporine 0.1% as add-on therapy with artificial tears (carboxymethylcellulose 0.5%) in post cataract surgery patients, was conducted in the Department of Pharmacology in Collaboration with the Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Jammu, over 1 year.
Electrolytes The addition of electrolytes, mainly bicarbonate and potassium, to artificial tears can be beneficial for the ocular surface.
In a study by Aragona et al [17] has shown that long term treatment with sodium hyaluronate containing artificial tears improves rose bengal stains with dry eye, suggesting that treatment with this agent promotes corneal and conjunctival epithelial healing.
Artificial tears may be useful for symptomatic relief.
Mild cases of dry eyes can usually be managed with over-the-counter artificial tear solutions.
People who have severe cases of dry eye may find little or no relief for these symptoms from artificial tears, have eyes that are unusually sensitive to light and may experience severe eye pain or notice changing vision.
My eye doctor says this can be dangerous and I need to use artificial tears. Is it really dangerous?
Allowing a subsidy for OTC products such as artificial tears without a prescription may make it difficult to determine whether consumers are using health account money to buy personal care products, such as sun screen and cold remedies, Van de Water said.
Artificial tears can be applied to the eye but they need to be applied every couple of hours and so there are few pet owners who have a lifestyle that would allow good control with artificial tears alone.
WAIKOLOA, HAWAII--Topical cyclosporine 0.05% ophthalmic emulsion significantly outperformed artificial tears for the treatment of ocular rosacea in a double-blind, randomized, multicenter study.
Sally Barnes, Manhattan Beach, California, suggests a simple blood test for Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks moisture-producing glands and is treated with artificial tears and medicines to quell inflammation and an overactive immune system.