Oxnard - Port Hueneme Optometry  Dr. Don Steensma 465 W. Channel Islands Blvd, Port Hueneme, CA 93041  805/486-3585


Dry eye medications

Ocular surface disease (OSD), sometimes called dry eyes is the most common eye problem there is. There are several ways to treat OSD.  In mild cases occasional use of lubricant drops is all that is needed.   In more moderate and severe cases further examination is required in order to determine the cause and then treat that cause. Treatment could include lubricant products, eyelid cleaning products, warm compresses, eye lid scrubs, punctal occlusion and prescription medications.

Lubricating Drops

Blink Tears ®

Blink Contacts ®

Genteal ®

Refresh Tears ®

Systane Balance ®  <This is the one that I prefer in this catagory

Systane Ultra ®

Tears Naturale II ®

TheraTears v


There are some lubricant drops that contain additional ingredients in them that possibly makes them more effective.

Genteal Severe ®

Refresh Optive ®  <This is the one that I prefer in this catagory

Tears Naturale - Forte ®

Tears Naturale - Bion ®


Non-preserved lubricating drops. If drops are needed several times a day the chemical preservative in the drop can sometimes cause problems.  These medications are in single use plastic vials.  In most cases the above listed products are ok to use several times a day, but many other products and many store brands can cause problems.

Refresh Plus ®  <This is the one that I prefer in this catagory

Refesh Classic ®

Refresh Optive Sensitive ®

Systane Ultra NP ®

Theratears NP ®


Lubricating gels.  Gels provide relief for a longer period of time, but may blur vision some.

Blink Gel ®  <This is the one that I prefer in this catagory

Genteal Eye Gel ®

Refresh Liquigel ®

Celluvisc ®

TheraTears Liquid Gel ®


Lubricating ointments. In severe cases lubricant ointments are used at bedtime.  They significanty blur vision.

Refresh P.M. ®  <This is the one that I prefer in this catagory

Lacri-lube ®



Punctal occlusion is a procedure that blocks the tear drainage ducts, so the tears do not drain away as fast.  It is often very helpful


Restasis ®is a prescription medication that can help many people with moderate to severe dry eyes. Instead of providing lubrication to the eyes. It actually treats the condition by promoting better quality tears.


Lotemax ® is a steroid eye drop that may be used for a short time in very severe dry eye conditions.


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