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What are carboxymethylcellulose eye drops?

Carboxymethylcellulose is a highly viscous derivative of cellulose that is used as an eye lubricant. It is found in many over-the-counter artificial tear products. Carboxymethylcellulose moistens the eye to prevent or relieve dry eye and irritation. This drug can be found in many brand name products, including Refresh and Theratears.

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