Which medications in the drug class Ophthalmic Lubricants are used in the treatment of Sjogren Syndrome?

Updated: Mar 05, 2021
  • Author: Sriya K Ranatunga, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Ophthalmic Lubricants

Various over-the-counter (OTC) preparations of natural tears that provide topical therapy for dry eyes are available. Encourage patients to try different preparations to determine which works best for them.

Artificial tears (Nu-Tears, Murine Tears, Refresh, Tears Naturale)

These preparations contain the equivalent of 0.9% sodium chloride and are used to maintain ocular tonicity. They replace the aqueous layer of tears that is lost in patients with Sjögren syndrome. Preparations that have hydroxymethylcellulose or dextran are more viscous and therefore can last longer before reapplication is needed.


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