The main treatments are Artificial Tear Drops, Lid Compresses and Lid wipes. In addition, some people with a low volume of the watery (Aqueous) part of the tears benefit from blocking the tear drainage channels with special plugs. This is a more specialist procedure and should be discussed with an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
These are available of the shelf in Opticians, pharmacies and some supermarkets. They are also available on prescription from your GP. There are many different types and the key to successful treatment of dry eye is finding the right one for you.
Some of the more watery ones will not last as long as the gel based drops, however some of the gel-based drops may make your vision a little “smeary” for a few minutes. If you develop an allergy to the preservative, many of the drops are available in a preservative free form.
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