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How does carboxymethylcellulose eye drops treat dry eye?

Carboxymethylcellulose mimics human tears. Artificial tear products that contain carboxymethylcellulose, such as Refresh, moisten the eye to relieve the irritation of dry eye thus decreasing the redness. Carboxymethylcellulose can also create a protective film to help prevent dry eye.

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