Best Dry Eye Drops – My Top 3 Artificial Tears Eye Drops

Best Dry Eye Drops – My Top 3 Artificial Tears Eye Drops

So what are the best dry eye drops? Well
in this video I’m gonna be reviewing my three favorite eye drops that can help
relieve even the most severe dry itchy eyes so let’s take a look. hey everyone
welcome I’m dr. Joseph Allen here from dr. eye health the channel helps you
with the eyes, vision, and finding the best vision product. so if you’re new here
consider subscribing. also at any point throughout the video check out the show
notes and links below for further information about everything that we go
over including pricing as well as active ingredients of all the different eye
drops that we cover. now if you are like most individuals including myself you’ve
probably already tried four or five different artificial tears with very
little success and in fact if you go to the pharmacy you’re probably overwhelmed
by the complete just expansion of how many different tears there are on the
market there’s you know there’s pink ones there’s blue ones there’s green
ones and how are you supposed to know which one is the best for you so now
let’s go over my three best dry eye drops that don’t address just one part
of the tear film but address all layers of the tear film. now the first tear I
want to review is Refresh Optive Advanced now again the reason I love Refresh Optive Advanced is because it replenishes all three layers of the tear film it helps
replenish the lipid layer the front surface of the tears helps with
preventing the evaporation of the tears you helps really replenish the aqueous
component the watery component of the tear film and then it helps protect the
mucin component of the tear film that’s the back portion of the tear film that
helps keep the liquid portion of the tears attached to the ocular surface now
this drop again excellent works for most people really well doesn’t really blur
your vision at all this medication does come in a larger kind of dropperette
bottle and it’s safe to use multiple times a day however if you’re somebody
who is either very sensitive to preservatives or if you’ve maybe had
some sort of eye surgery such as either cataract surgery or LASIK you’re often
using many different eye drops after those sort of procedures and all those
different eye drops, antibiotics, steroids those medications have
preservatives in them so if you’re using artificial tears on top of that it’s best to go to
a non preserved artificial tear and that’s one of the other reasons I like
Refresh Optive Advanced is because they have a non preserved formulation if
you’ve never seen one of these they come in these little individual dropperettes which are actually pretty convenient you
can store them either in your pocket, a purse, or a backpack but you just twist
off the top if never used one before you twist off the top you go ahead and put
the drops in and then after using them you can actually go ahead and try to
recap the solution and you can do that because they actually give you a little
bit more than just one drop for each eye and if you can do that you can save it
for maybe an hour or two and use it again later and again when you have non
preserve drops there’s no limit to how many you can use feel free to use them
as many times as you need to throughout the day again the Refresh Optive Advanced I love because it has those benefits of treating all layers of the
tear film and it has a non preserved option now let’s go over the Systane
brand of eye drops now Systane has been out for a long time
it’s a famous name a lot of eye doctors strongly recommend them and that’s
because they are that made by the Alcon company who is always doing research and
trying to improve their products now Systane Ultra has been out for a long
time that really really addresses the aqueous form of dry eye disease then
they had Systane Balance and that one is more for addressing the evaporative
component of dry eye disease but recently they came out with Systane
Complete and Systane Complete again addresses all three layers of the chair
film but it also has what’s called nano drop technology which really helps
adhere the solution to the surface of the eye and the effectiveness of that
the active ingredient in protecting the surface of the eye now again this
medication is excellent if you’ve been recommended by your doctor to use
Systane products then perhaps check out Systane complete however the only
downside I find with Systane Complete is that you know at the timing of this
video they do not have a non preserved option so you’re only gonna find them in
the larger bottles and you maybe don’t want to use it more than four times a
day now the final drop I want to review is made by the Occusoft company
and thats called Retaine MGD now Retaine MGD…MGD stands for meibomian gland disease or
meibomian gland dysfunction and again those are those oil glands that produce
the lipid layer of your tears so if you’ve seen a doctor and you’ve been
told hey you have evaporative dry eye disease you have meibomian gland disease
then this would probably be one of the best drops for you to try because it
does address the all three layers of the tear film but it has a strong emphasis
on restoring that meibomian gland the lipid layer of the tears in fact it’s
such a so-so geared for it that it actually has its main two active
ingredients are mineral oil and light mineral oil so it is a little bit a
little bit more sticky I find when I’m using it on my eyes but it does help
prevent the evaporation of those tears in addition this drop has what’s called
positively charged nano droplets so because the cornea is actually a
negatively charged structure by having positively charged drops they actually
help adhere to the surface of the eye a little bit better as well now what’s
really cool is that this Retaine MGD also comes in a non preserved dropper at which
again I really love because you can use this many times as day as you need to
the only real thing I wanted to kind of point out to people is that if you look
at it it’s kind of a milky color it really does kind of look like milk in
that dropperette and that’s not that it has been either an infected or that
somehow it gone bad or anything like that I’m actually people come into the
clinic and say hey about this whole box but I think they’ve gone bad they’re all
off the kind of like a milky white color nope that is normal for this type of eye
drop this artificial tear just comes in this kind of milky white color so again
that’s normal but again an excellent option if you’re having bad dry eye
issues again all these different eye drops are fantastic certainly if you
haven’t tried them give them a try you know if you want to check out other
pricing information or other active ingredients I’ve hooked up some
additional information and all the links below of course talk to your eye doctor
make sure you ask them more questions about what type of dry eye disease
you have and what type of treatment they recommend for you because there’s a lot
more to dry eyes than just artificial tears perhaps if you’re someone who
doesn’t like using eye drops you have a hard time getting them in then perhaps
check out natural ways to treat dry eye I actually have another video on natural
treatments for dry eyes and hook that up here in the YouTube card up above as
well as in the description below so high health question of the day which
eye drops are you using have you tried any in this video which ones are your
favorites go ahead and comment in the section below I’d love to hear from you
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dr. Joseph Allen here from doctor eye health helping you with the eyes vision
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  1. Doctor Eye Health says:

    ⚡💥EYE HEALTH QOTD: Have you tried any of these dry eye drops? Or do you have another eye drop that works well for you?

  2. Dana Healy says:

    Have you ever heard of Thera Tears and what are your thoughts on them?


    Love it! Thanks!

  4. Phantom Alpha says:

    I like Rhoto eye drops the best because they have that oh so good soothing menthol in em, feel’s so good, use em before I go to bed.

  5. James Morales says:

    Witch one you reccomend for transition contacts lens , my eyes get a bit red ….

  6. Erin Dowling says:

    I use straight MSM eye drops bought on amazon. Works great!

  7. Rex Monssel Espejo says:

    any thoughts about Restasis?

  8. J Poi says:

    How to get clear white eyes?

  9. Mraz Rasul says:

    Edol the best far everything

  10. fubag says:

    have you heard of igel preservative free from germany? any thoughts?

  11. Chrissy Margo says:

    Thank you Dr. eye 👁

  12. jon pasco says:

    Oasis tears plus worked best for me. I tried retain mgd it was ok but had to apply more often. I have mgd, severe dry eye, and had gpc due to allergies. But I’m doing much better now.

  13. Errant Bard says:

    Big thanks doc! I've only just discovered your channel after being diagnosed with chronic dry eye about a month ago. Your channel is a goldmine of information and I've started applying some of your techniques, which has brought a level of comfort back into my life that I'm hoping will continue to improve. I can't thank you enough.

  14. سباب الصحابة says:

    You should try rohto vitamin and rohto ice

  15. AJM MOHAMAD says:

    Hello sir..Before the day i faced pain on my right eye weekly once only.. The pain comes at night only… But now i faced both eyes… My doctor prescribed opsion ha.. But still im faced the pain daily.. What i vil do sir? Plz tell me.. I hope u will respond me wid gud 1..

  16. My Handies says:

    I also suffered severe dry eyes until I found these dry eyes reliving masks, it is highly recommended by my doctor :

  17. sadaf Afsheen says:

    Hi it’s me sadaf my sis has aware dry eyes and scrimer test result is 6mm.we ere using systane n hylo artificial tears but of no use.plz advice me any treatment or medication.she has -5 eye sight.

  18. Rainclouds says:

    My mom is 50… half of 100 😩 and her vision is starting to go bad we are going to doctor today! It’s not terrible but she can’t see far away writing if it’s too small or my cats in our front yard if they are laying down… so what organic or kind of eye drops should I get her? I want to make sure her eyes stay healthy for as long as we can! I greatly appreciate this ❤️ help

  19. Jim Bic says:

    Do modern day computers, cell phones cause dry eyes? I've heard newer iPhones are really tough on the eyes? Any truth to this? Thanks Dr.

  20. Sagar Baishya says:

    Broooo i found u i needed u in my life thank you

  21. Krystal Beauty says:

    I was trying the Lubricant Free Refresh Eye Drops bc I had just had PRK. However, I didn’t know I could put the lip back on!!!! I was like danggg I’m going through these boxes by the day 😅 haha thank u for the information !!!

  22. Kat says:

    Holy crap I’m so glad I found your channel! Thanks for the help

  23. NimKay says:

    Hey doc what do you think about the latest Refresh Mega-3 eye drops and the Oasis tears and how would they stack up against the drops you reviewed in this video?

  24. Mr. Black says:

    am i risk my eyes if use eye drop for the most of the time?

  25. melih melih says:

    systane blance or systane complete ?(for MGD)

  26. Shams KakeKhan says:

    Hi Sir How Are you doing.
    Sir I have done surgery for ritena last year now its OK but sometimes appear redness and something burning what kind of drops you suggest for me.

  27. The Coup says:

    A thanks and a question (though I certainly understand you don't have time to answer all questions):

    I came here looking for confirmation that the Retaine drops were milky in appearance, as I was worried that I may have had a bad or expired batch that had become cloudy. Thank you. And, for the record, the Retaine drops (at least very early on) do feel different than other eye drops I've been using in that my eyes feel curiously "normal" rather than "dry/irritated but with some moderately soothing liquid in them."

    Question: I've been using other "long lasting" eye drops for some time, but even when I land a single drop directly on my eye from a close distance (to reduce splash), or try to add the drop at an angle and under my eyelid, it seems the large majority of the drop immediately runs off and winds up on my eyelid, the corners of my eye, and down my cheek. I know this is normal to a degree, but can excessive run-off indicate anything regarding the nature of an eye's dryness, akin to the way in which rainfall stands on, runs off of, or permeates different surfaces? Or is it more just a function of the eye's anatomy?

    Thank you again.

  28. mrboost says:

    Recent contact wearer(myopia) in the i.t world and constantly on multiple displays and the time before putting in my contacts in(several minutes prior) systane complete is a beast especially when taking out my daily contacts at the end of the day is very soothing.

  29. dawn It is says:


  30. Amanda Wells says:

    I bought the clear eyes brand

  31. KL Bikers Official says:

    Hi sir, my eyes are in yellow colour and like dark spot… Is this remove the yellowish and be whitning..??

  32. Avis Wrentmore says:

    you are the best – so informative – thanks so very much:) I will check these out for sure. I bought the generic at wallgreens of the systane – what are you thoughts on generic store brands.

  33. Eesa Jamaal Shah says:

    Which eye wash would you recommend?
    Ps. Great video content.

  34. Elon Musk says:

    Which drop you recommend for after I smoke a j and walk into class looking high af? 🤔

  35. Conrad DuBois says:

    I use Refresh but it does not seem to do the job and my eyes still tear bad.

  36. hersheythebody says:


  37. PRC says:

    Excellent video .

  38. Ashritaz Ashritaz says:

    Hello sir, is there any eye drop to remove eye glass???

  39. Lydia Behar says:

    I’ve used Gen-teal gel for severe dry eyes for over 25 years. Always had that grittiness in my eyes. Switched to Refresh gel and really didn’t notice any difference. Saw your video and bought Refresh Optive in vials. My local Walmart did not have the advance formula. But am so happy with this product. No more grittiness any more. And it keeps my eyes hydrated all day. Thank you.

  40. Nithya Shivan says:

    Helo sir. I am a stephenjhonson syndrm victim. After that my left eyes tears gland is not working. Redish eye and continius cold for 10 years. Is any treatment or drop help me

  41. sunnie bunnie says:

    None of these drops will work for me! I have severe dry eye.

  42. J Dezzy says:

    I’m just here so I don’t look high in class

  43. Lemon Skincare Bar says:

    I always wondered how can my eyes be so dry, itchy, & burn with the skin around the eyes hurting but watery? I can't figure out what's going on with my eyes??? Help!!! I appreciate this video. Thanks

  44. sarii ta says:

    those eye drops without a Prescription ?

  45. ABHISHEK JAIN says:

    Hi! Your videos are nice.
    But can you please suggest me eye drops which are not derived from animal source as i am vegan person so can't use any animal product.
    Eagerly waiting for ur positive answer.
    Thanks a lot un advance.

  46. Lynda Freedman says:

    Having cataract surgery this week and was having nightmares about how to get all of the drops into my eye and not onto my cheek. Great tip – by stabilizing hand with drops on the other hand, it's a piece of cake! Thanks for the great tip!

  47. Sunshine says:

    What about Systane Gel Drops?

  48. Garcia Brothers says:

    Hi Which ones can I use after my lasik surgery Thank you

  49. Jacob Dijkstra says:

    In japan they sell rohto vita 40 eye drops they are Vitamin drops that contain b6 ,E, Na, k they work wonders leaveing your eyes feeling refreshed and clear.

  50. Akshay More says:

    In comparison between systane ultra & refresh tears drops which is good?please let me know.

  51. Vashu Rajput says:

    Sir when I use contact lenses I am unable to read print things well while using glasses no such problems occur … what's the reason and what is the prescription plzz tell am very depressed

  52. katie martin says:

    HI, new here 🙂 UK equivalent's please? 🙂 Thanks

  53. Ken Mo says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge doc! 😊💐

  54. Angela Santos says:

    Great videos. Thanks. I'm experiencing light sensitivity as a consequence of dry eyes. Do you have any advice for me please?

  55. Nadine Al_qayesi says:

    Does dry eyes go away or it stays forever ?

  56. YVES LAFONTAMT says:

    I searched because I want to know what the eye drops I need
    My eye they have something object inside and I want to take out
    What the eye drop I need please help me

  57. YVES LAFONTAMT says:

    When Im in the garden
    I cut the grass in very little object I feel inside.

  58. Stacey Thomas says:

    Thank you for your videos so helpful. I have a question. I had lasik surgery done a month ago and at night I have used genteal ointment because my eyes get so dry overnight. Is it safe to use that nightly without clogging those pores on the eyelids? Also do you recommend anything better for nighttime relief. Thank you

  59. Lorie Gals says:

    I used systane for a yr.its my doctor recommended,but now out of stock so i just have my option its Hyaline.Is it ok Sir😊?
    Sorry i just found your video Doc when i google it😉

  60. Joey Convery says:

    Thank you so much! Your eyes look bright and healthy.

  61. Michelle Regis says:

    I'm still confused, is there a difference between expensive eye drops and cheap eyedrops

  62. Patricia Cargile says:

    I just subscribed and am so thankful for your video. Last year I was diagnosed with Kerakatonis and had Cross Linking surgery. I then saw a specialist for scleral (sp?!) contacts. She talked about eyelid laser surgery and said i qualified because me eyes are so dry and my contacts quickly get dirty when it's allergy season. She didn't mention any drops. I have not had the eyelid laser surgery and would like to try drops first. Can you recommend what would be best for this situation? I used Blink drops after Cross Link surgery but they are so watery that they don't last but a few minutes. I can't seem to get answers from any other doctors about drops. Thank-you in advance if you have a chance to offer advice!!

  63. Hazhir Mahamad says:

    Thanks so much for this video ,, can you tell me some more details about hidrocil filac eye drop is it bad for eye dry or making redness worse ?

  64. TimeKeeperWPU says:

    Systaine Balance currently

  65. LuckySixes says:

    What about SootheXP?

  66. Kiwi The Killer says:

    What about Rohto Dry Eyes Lubricant Eyes Drops cause I What to buy that one?

  67. cinlpn88 says:

    I have multiple eye diagnosies.    I have tried several dry eye  Rx  drops.   My favorite is Bion Tears in the vials.   Seems to make my eyes  more comfortable than the others.   It cost more but it is worth it.

  68. Mystra Bua says:

    I was recently told to use the Systane complete by the doctor. Put a drop in and my eye felt like it was on fire. Fastest I've ever thrown something in the trash. Now that you've mentioned non preserved I'll look into one of those.

  69. RT Nouf says:

    The best channel ever
    I so glad that i found your videos, you can’t imagine how much you helped me
    Thank u so much

  70. Patrick Silva says:

    I have learned so much from your videos. Thank you for taking the time to post these incredible videos. I wish my ophthalmologist was as informative and knowledgeable as you. A great tip I got from you is the Bruder Eye Compress, its a great product and has really helped me. I wanted to ask is it really necessary to use those disposable sheets because they can be costly especially if you use the treatment 3 or 4 daily.

  71. jus sayin says:

    Once dry eye is found, is treatment life long? I ask because google states it's a chronic condition. Or, does it depend on the patient? Also, if someone is told they have dry eye but not the cause, should they go back to find the cause?

  72. Crazy Laugh says:

    Will dry eye cause blindness ?plz rply

  73. Wasif Ali says:

    what about refresh omega 3?

  74. Valentina Jurkaš says:

    Do you have any experience with liposomal sprays, the ones you spray on your (closed) eyelids?

  75. David Andrews says:

    Wondering about Restasis and can you reuse the capsule.

  76. Renegade Bastard says:

    Is the preservative in Systane Complete safe enough to use the drops on your eyes four to six times per day?

  77. GeminieCricket says:

    Blink Tears . Any thoughts on it?

  78. Cindi Barber says:

    I have dry eyes and have trouble wearing contacts. Are there any you can recommend? I wear mono vision.

  79. Barbara Hetman says:

  80. Charles says:

    I just wanna say this video was super informative and helpful, thanks. Also you have really really nice teeth and you’re really cute. 🙂

  81. Tom M says:

    HI, i have had cataract surgery with in the last year. I started having a vision problem. a cloudy film that move around on my eye, my dr said that my eyes were really dry and to use an artificial tear. He said that [Genteal tears] could be one to try. I dont see any difference. Any suggestions. Thanks Tom

  82. Silly Kitty says:

    I just stumbled on you channel and have found it very helpful, but not for the most common reason. My dog had parvo as a puppy which resulted in her having dry eye disease. We have tried multiple treatments over the years hoping to help her create tears, but nothing worked. Her vet just told me to use an artificial tears product, but didn't recommend anything specific. I have tried many. I have been using Systane for a few months and it seems to help the most of what I have tried. I wasn't aware of the preservatives issue. A problem I have is that no matter what I do, she always seems to have little crusty pieces in her eyes. Do you know what may cause this and how I can prevent it? I am going to switch to one of the non-preservative drops since I do put drops in her eyes several times per day. Do you think the Retaine MGD would be the better option for her?

  83. LouAnn S says:

    Got an eye exam a few weeks ago. Optometrist said I have dry eyes but never suggested anything. Will probably get another exam with my med. provider.

  84. Erte 27 says:

    Don’t have Lasix eye surgery and you won’t need drops for dry eyes. It’s a side effect nobody talks about

  85. Chuck Taylor says:

    I saw an eye doctor for seeing black blurry spots in the middle of my field of view in both eyes and after images from bright lights that lasted for minutes. He said my eyes were fine and it was all in my mind from the stroke I had. I never had a stroke. He was a moron. Took Lutien/Zeaxanthin and both issues went away completely. Also added Billberry for night vision and it helps too.

  86. R Mack says:

    Slow down. Oy!

  87. Manny says:

    My wife tried different kinds of eye drops over the years. She settled on Refresh eye drops.
    New sub here!!!

  88. RemyRAD says:

    You did not mention or speak about, the actual ingredients, these dry eyedrops have.

    In looking at what was available. I initially decided upon the Refresh optative. With 3 ingredients for eye lubrication. Carbo methylcellulose, glycerin and polysorbate.

    The other popular dry eye lubricant. I was a little more hesitant with. This popular drop indicates 2 lubricants. One being glycerin. The other being propylene glycol. Well, ain't that antifreeze? And how is antifreeze good for anyone's eyes? And doesn't that kill you fast if you ingest that? Shouldn't we avoid that? What do you choose? Blindness or sickness?

    I can safely report. I use both without any ill effects. I have found the Refresh optative to work more effectively. For myself. But I have both.

    And so next question. Can I use both, in the same day? Should I not switch from one to the other? Can I regularly use both together? Not at the same time. But at different times of the day and/or night. Or is there a danger in using both?

    As you can tell by my question. I do not have a convenient ophthalmologist. I'm retired and living on zip. I was having trouble with my eyes a few years ago. I was told I have dry eye. I don't remember which type? I thought I had conjunctivitis? I didn't. The ophthalmologist said I had dry eye. She gave me a prescription for dry eyedrops. But not having proper medical coverage. I have graduated to using the over-the-counter product/products. And generally squirt, 3 times per day. Occasionally, four.

    I frequently get a lot of allergies so I also use the, Opticon-A. A couple of times per day also. And I don't have pinkeye/conjunctivitis. But these allergies are relentless. As I didn't grow up in these here parts, of Texas. Try Detroit and Washington DC. And I should purchase stock in eyedrop companies. I mean these are stupid expensive. Propylene glycol? How about some vodka? With some bee honey. And only suck on the lemon.

    I was thinking of putting on a skin/scuba mask and filling it up with water. And walking around like that. I think it would be cute. You tell everybody you have dry eye. But officer, you don't understand. I'm not coming from the pool. I'm going there. It looked like I was only going 60. You say 90? Maybe I should try heavy water?

    I saw a frog lick its eye. I can't do that. I tried. So, I have to make eyedrop stockholders, wealthy.

  89. Rachel K says:

    Can you wear these with contacts?

  90. Wetrock says:

    Could the use of Xalatan bring on a dry eye problem? Also, my doctor said eyelid skin secretions could seep in my eyes and cause irritation, I took the habit of washing my face with cool water, insisting on the eyelids, twice a day and it has helped a lot.

  91. largelettersize says:

    #1 rule, do not use eye drops with preservatives. Your eyes will become reliant on them. Oasis Tears is a preservative free eye drop that does the job. Available only from eye doctors.

  92. Raymond Texas01 says:

    REFRESH "Repair"

  93. 2grandbabies1nana says:

    Hi Dr. I use Similasan preservative- free drops daily and organic cod liver oil orally about 3 x per week. I'm doing much better. What is your opinion on Similasan?

  94. s c says:

    Why no mention of HYLO FRESH or HYLO FORTE?

  95. Jamie Huffman says:

    What do you think of lumify? Thank you for your videos. Very helpful

  96. rstevewarmorycom says:

    Dear Dr Eye Health:
    Why does Restasis burn my eyes so bad I can't stand to use it? And does it actually work for anyone? I have had both eyes' cataracted lenses replaced with B&L silicone IOLs. My vision is great! Crystal clear. But I keep getting blepharitis. I use Systane but I usually have to get a prescription for sulfacetamide. Do you think that doxycycline might work better? I HAVE been told I have evap MGD.

  97. what what says:

    So mineral oil is advanced technology? LOL. It's also normal saline, which is water and NaCl which is salt in water. Na is positive charge and sodium is a negative. So used more sodium and a little less Cl to give it a more positive charge? Bet they charge a lot for that amazing advanced technology.

  98. Lar says:

    I have very dry eyes here in Phoenix and tried many eye drops. Tried Refresh Advance and it has been the best yet. Thanks for the tip.

  99. Ravuth Miller says:

    Thanks you so much, l have dry eyes so bad ..

  100. kimberly villatoro says:

    I love thera tears! No preservatives and they make me eyes feel great after a drop or two.

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