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Dry eyes? Finding the right lubricating drops is essential

Get an exam to pinpoint the cause and then choose.

For dry eyes that keep coming back, you may need special drops to give your eyes' natural lubrication system an extra boost. Proper treatment of chronic dry eye also reduces the risk of infections or damage to the outer surface of the eye.

Of the many types of drops available, which is right for you? It depends on the cause of the problem. "Without seeing a doctor, it's hard to know which drop you need," says Dr. Jason Rothman, an ophthalmologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "Get an exam to determine the type of dry eye and target the therapy more accurately."

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