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In some cases, you can relieve dry eyes by taking steps to slow tear evaporation, such as using a humidifier during the winter or blocking the wind with sunglasses.
But many patients require more direct intervention. We offer:
Artificial tears: Eye drops can lubricate your eyes and supplement your natural tears.
Medications: Certain drugs can promote tear production.
Tear conservation: While most patients respond to artificial tears or medications, we can also conserve natural tears with two possible procedures involving the duct (punctum) that allows tears to drain from the eyes into the nose. We can do this temporarily with punctal plugs. In rare cases, we can also permanently close the duct by heating (cauterizing) it shut.