Are Any of Them Safe to Use?


When it comes to nonprescription drops for dry eyes, 2023 has been a banner year — in a very bad way.

More than two dozen over-the-counter (OTC) lubricants, or artificial tears, were identified as potentially risky by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of possible bacterial contamination.

Reports of drug-resistant bacterial eye infections began in several U.S. states in 2022, and in early 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced them to two brands of eye drops from the same manufacturer. The products, made primarily in India, have been linked to four deaths, 14 cases of permanent vision loss, and four surgical removals of an affected eye.

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