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I just use regular non additive/non preservative saline. I use it about 3-4 times a day. I dont notice a difference between the lubricant kind and the saline. I have heard that you can develop a need for any kind of eye drop besides the normal saline kind. Your eyes will stop producing tears naturally due to the drops, then you become completely dependent.
Since I dont feel that the other kinds work any better, and the normal saline ones are cheaper (like 8oz for $4.00). Look by the saline, and refill your little dropper bottle!! Just make sure no additives, and no preservatives. You can even look at a medical store, they sell bigger bottles for wound cleaning. Not sure the price, but I have seen them before. Hope that helps.
I use Optive. I know they're a bit expensive, but they are the best OTC drop available, for me anyway. I tried restasis, but cannot tolerate it. It burns my eyes like crazy, and then caused (on two different occassions) a severe inflammation in my right eye. I decided I'll just deal with the dry eyes things with OTC drops, since restasis (in my case) is optional.
My husband is actually the one who picked out Optive. I sent him to the grocery store and he had no idea what to buy, so he asked another lady who was also looking for an OTC dry eye product. She recommended Optive. I love it!