What are the best preservative-free artificial tears after LASIK?

If you are considering laser eye surgery or have already gone through it, you may be wondering what the best preservative-free artificial tears are available in the US. After LASIK, your eyes can become temporarily dry and uncomfortable, so it’s important to find a good artificial tear product that is preservative-free. Your doctor will recommend artificial tears for you. Keep reading for the top three products recommended by eye doctors for post-LASIK comfort.

1. Refresh Optive Advanced

Refresh Optive Advanced is an artificial tear product that contains both glycerin and propylene glycol, which help lubricate and moisturize dry eyes. It also contains several other ingredients to help provide relief from dryness due to LASIK. This product comes in both single-use vials and multi-use bottles, making it convenient and easy to use.

2. Systane Ultra

Systane Ultra is another popular option among eye doctors when it comes to preservative-free artificial tears following LASIK surgery. It has a unique blend of ingredients such as hydroxypropyl cellulose, PEG/PPG-17/18 dimethicone, polysorbate 80, sorbitol, dextran 70, sodium chloride, boric acid and potassium chloride. These ingredients work together to provide long-lasting relief from discomfort caused by dry eyes after LASIK surgery.

3. Blink Tears

Blink Tears is an advanced gel drop formula designed specifically for dry eyes due to laser eye surgery or any other type of ocular surface disease. This product contains polyvinyl alcohol as its active ingredient and provides fast relief by lubricating and moisturizing the ocular surface with each application. Blink Tears also come in single-dose containers for convenience on the go!

Laser eye surgery may cause your eyes to become dry and uncomfortable postoperatively; however. there are several great options when it comes to finding preservative-free artificial tears that can provide you with relief from this temporary discomfort.

Speak with your doctor about what option might be best for you! And if you’d like to find out more about LASIK, book a free virtual appointment here.

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