Hello and thanks for your question. In my experience, in the absence of redness, discharge, foreign-body sensation, itching or sensitivity to light, then this type of soreness is usually due to a dry, irritated eye.
Yes, you are correct, there are drops that I think will help this. I would start using some artificial tears 4x/day, everyday for the next 1-2 weeks, but use them consistently. If they are used only when you feel like your eye needs them, then you are behind the curve and they won't work for anymore than the 30 seconds after you put them in. Your eyes needs some consistent hydration with these tears to see if that will help with this soreness. There are numerous brands on the market over the counter that you can try and they are all fairly equivalent. I would just recommend not buying anything that says get-the-red-out or redness-reliever as those have an extra chemical in them that if used chronically can irritate the eyes even more.
If you do have any of the above symptoms I mentioned in the first paragraph, or if any of them do develop despite the use of the tears, then I would recommend going to see an ophthalmologist to get a complete eye examination to determine if there's something that needs a higher level of treatment.
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