In cases where eye dryness is caused by inflammation, Healthline recommends Cyclosporine as a prescription solution. The best over-the-counter options include Refresh Celluvisc and GenTeal Severe Dry Eye. Prescription eye drops are typically recommended for the treatment of chronic eye issues.
A patient should normally look for eye drops that contain preservatives because they prevent bacterial growth, including HypoTears and Moisture Eyes. However, eye drops without preservatives are recommended for patients who suffer from severe eye dryness. They are typically packaged in single-use containers, which makes them more expensive. Such options include TheraTear, Refresh and Bion Tears. If the cause of eye dryness is the diminished oil layer in the patient’s eye, Systane Balance and Refresh Optive Advanced are effective options.