This treatment is often recommended as the primary course of action because it’s quick and effective. Assuming you have a prescription, it’s best that you should use artificial tears just like the doctor told you.
Artificial tears are normally applied once every few hours. If you are exposed to environmental conditions that worsen your symptoms you may feel that you have to use artificial tears more often. However, it’s preferred to remove yourself from that environment rather than overdosing. In general, it’s safe to use artificial tears 10 to 12 times a day. If you are unsure of how much is too much, just ask the doctor who prescribed them in the first place. This also stands for other dry eye products such as eye drops.
If you are using over the counter eye drops or artificial tears, make sure to read the instructions first and follow them. If you experience any side effects or your symptoms get worse, then stop using the product and seek medical care. Non-prescription artificial tears may or may not work. There are many such products on the market and it has yet to be determined which ones are better. Dry eye treatment is based on the severity of the condition.
If over the counter artificial tears don’t work, you might need additional treatment methods. The doctor will give you a course of treatment and you should complete it. Don’t interrupt it or drop it even if your symptoms get better or disappear completely.
Completing the treatment is your best chance of getting better in the long run.