Artificial Tears


Most patients obtain relief by using artificial tears to supplement the lubrication that our own natural tears provide. Pharmacies and super stores (like Target and Walmart) carry many different brands. They all work by moisturizing and coating the outside surface of the eye. There are four main types of ocular lubricants:

Artificial tears drops

Provides relief for mild-moderate dryness. Generally does not blur vision.

Artificial tear gel drops

Provides relief for moderate-severe dryness. It will blur vision up to a minute or two. Provides longer relief than the drops.

Artificial tear gel

Provides relief for severe dryness. It will blur vision for an extended time period. Artificial tear gel works best when used before you go to sleep to provide lubrication through the night.

Preservative-free artificial tears

Some people will experience irritation from the preservatives used in artificial tears. It is generally recommended to use preservative-free tears if you use them consistently more than 4-6 times a day. Preservative-free artificial tears come in individual vials rather than a bottle.

Because artificial tears contain no medication, they do not require a prescription and can be used whenever symptoms of dryness occur. More advanced degrees of dryness may require further treatment.

Oasis TEARS and Oasis TEARS PLUS are uniquely formulated artificial tears which give your eyes instant relief and long-lasting comfort.

Oasis TEARS are not available for purchase in major retail stores. You may purchase them in our optical. For more information, you may contact our office at 801-773-2233 or or visit the Oasis TEARS website:


Our doctors can recommendation which type of artificial tears may be right for you. To make an appointment or for more information, you may contact us at 801-773-2233 or