There are multiple options when it comes to buying lubricating eye drops, sometimes called artificial tears.
We prefer non-preserved lubricating eye drops when possible. Most eye drops have a preservative, and this can cause ocular irritation. Non-preserved eye drops do not have a preservative and we find these drops to be much more soothing and can be used as often as you would like. Most preservative free vials can be re-capped and re-used. Once opened, the vials are good for the entire day.
Our favorite brands
OASIS TEARS PLUS: This is a preservative free eye drop that we find to be very soothing for all patients, and even works with contact lenses.
Oasis guarantees your satisfaction and you can call them at 844-820-8940 for a refund if you are unhappy with the product.
Oasis tears plus is available in our office or on-line.
SYSTANE ULTRA PRESERVATIVE FREE: This brand is excellent with contact lens use and for all patients with dry eyes. This brand is available in most pharmacies and on-line.
REFRESH OPTIVE ADVANCED PRESERVATIVE FREE: This eye drop helps to replace the natural lubricating oils which are deficient in meibomian gland dysfunction. This brand is available in most pharmacies and on-line.
Other lubricating drops we like
THERA TEARS PRESERVATIVE FREE: These eye drops are available in vials or in a bottle.
SYSTANE BALANCE: This drop is not preservative free but it is available in a bottle for those patients who do not like drops in vials. This drop also helps to replace the natural oils that are deficient in meibomian gland dysfunction.