Artificial tears provide lubrication when the eye is dry, red, itchy or uncomfortable. We recommend various types of tears depending on the severity dryness in a patient’s eyes. Tears come in various viscosities such as gels and ointments.
Besides artificial tears, we sometimes recommend over-the-counter allergy products to control red, itchy, or mucous in the eyes. These antihistamines are less potent than prescription versions.
Natural Eye Remedies
- Cliradex: a next generation, preservative free lash, eyelid and facial cleanser derived from key constituents of Melaleuca Alternifolia, a special variety of tea tree oil. The proprietary, all natural formulation found in Cliradex is safe and effective for everyday use, and a great alternative for patients seeking to improve overall eye and skin health without harmful chemical preservatives. The treatment is often only 6 to 8 weeks and is usually curative. Some patients experience a stinging sensation if the pad is is not used gently and the eye is opened to quickly after application.
- Water: increasing the amount of water you drink helps dry eyes, as tears mainly are composed of water.
- Lid Massage: massaging the lids helps stimulate oil production and actually moves oil through the lids and into the tears. The most important component of your tears is oil. It helps prevent the water in the tears from evaporating off the surface of the eye.
- Lid Scrubs: eye foam that helps clean hardened oil on the eyelashes and reduces the bacterial presence that causes red eyes.
- Cool Compresses: reduce swelling in and around the eye. Good for allergic reactions from hay-fever or bites, and red eyes in general.
- Warm Compresses: good for styes (oil gland infection in the eyelid)
- Nutraceuticals: see Omega supplements below.
We offer Omega 3 and 6 supplements. They help promote tear production in dry eyes. We also recommed antioxidants and vitamins for retina health in macular degeneration, diabetic, and retinopathy patients.