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Lacriserts
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (lacriserts) can be effective for dry eye relief. It is a chemical that lubricates the surface of the eye and slows down the evaporation of natural tears. This treatment comes in a small pellet that you put in your lower eyelid. When you add artificial tears, the pellet dissolves and forms a film over your own tears, which traps the moisture.
 
Surgery
Another option for treatment of dry eye is surgery to close the tear ducts that drain tears from the eye. The surgery is called punctal occlusion. For a temporary closure, the doctor inserts collagen or silicone plugs into the ducts. Collagen plugs eventually dissolve, and silicone plugs are "permanent" until they are removed or fall out. For a longer-lasting effect, the doctor can use a laser or cautery to seal the ducts.
 

Suggestions for Relieving Dry Eye

The following suggestions may provide dry eye relief for your particular situation:
 
  • Don't use artificial tears that irritate your eyes. Try another brand or preparation.
     
  • Non-preserved drops may be more comfortable.
     
  • Blink several times a minute while reading or working on the computer.
     
  • Protect your eyes from drafts, breezes, and wind.
     
  • Put a humidifier in the rooms where you spend the most time, including the bedroom, or install a humidifier in your heating and air conditioning unit.
     
  • Don't smoke, and stay out of smoky rooms.
     
  • Apply mascara only to the tips of your lashes so that it doesn't get into your eyes. If you use eyeliner or eye shadow, put it only on the skin above your lashes, not on the sensitive skin under your lashes, close to your eyes.
     
  • Ask your healthcare provider whether any of your medications contribute to dryness and, if so, how to reduce that effect. Some medications that can cause dry eyes include:

 

 
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