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Should I Avoid Artificial Tears for My Dry Eyes?

Everyone produces tears.  Tears are the body’s way of protecting the eyes, showing emotion, and keeping the eyes healthy.  However, when we produce too many tears, they can wash away the protective tear film over the eye.  When this occurs on a regular basis, the eyes can become dry, irritated, red, and even infected.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many different causes leading to watery eyes:

  • Certain medications such as epinephrine or chemotherapy drugs
  • Eyedrops that contain echothiophate iodide or pilcarpine
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Allergies
  • Common cold
  • Various eye dysfunctions
  • Certain autoimmune conditions such as Lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome

Using eye drops for watery dry eyes just doesn’t work.  Instead of using artificial tears, we must treat dry eyes to stop watery eyes from tear overproduction.

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