OTC Dry Eyes Care

Over The Counter (OTC) MANAGEMENT OF DRY EYES

Mild Dryness

Preservative-free or mild preservative eye drops with low viscosity lubricants such as:
Genteal Mild or PF (Novartis) Refresh Plus PF (Allergan)
Hypotears PF (Novartis) Refresh Tears (Allergan)
Moisture Eyes PF (B+L) Tears Naturale Free PF (Alcon)
Oasis Tears PF (www.oasismedical.com) TheraTears (Advanced Vision)
Refresh Classic PF (Allergan) Tears Naturale Forte (Alcon)
The following eye drops are approved for use when wearing CONTACT LENSES:
Blink Contacts (AMO) Refresh Contacts (Allergan)
MiniDrops PF (Optics Laboratory)

Directions: instill one drop in the lower cul-de-sac of each eye once an hour as long as symptoms persist.

Moderate Dryness

Preservative-free or mild preservative eye drops with medium viscosity lubricants such as:
Genteal Moderate Relief PF (Novartis) retaine PF (OCuSOFT)
Oasis Tears Plus (www.oasismedical.com) Soothe Hydration Lubricant Eye Drops (B+L)
Ocucoat PF (B+L) Soothe Lubricant Eyedrops PF (B+L)
Refresh Optive + PF (Allergan) Systane Balance, bottle or PF (Alcon)
Refresh Optive ADVANCED (Allergan) VivaDrops PF (vivadrops.com) w/ antioxidants

Directions: instill one drop in the lower cul-de-sac of each eye immediately before bedtime and upon awakening, if more treatment is needed, repeat once every four hours.

Severe Dryness

Preservative-free or gentle preservative ophthalmic gels such as:
Refresh Celluvisc PF (Allergan) Restasis (Allergan by Rx only)
GenTeal Lubricant Eye Gel (Novartis) Systane Free Gel (Alcon)
Moisture Eyes Liquid Gel PF (B+L) Tears Again Advanced Liposome Eyelid Spray (OCuSOFT)
Refresh LiquidGel (Allergen) TheraTears Liquid Gel PF (AVR)
Directions: instill one drop in the lower cul-de-sac of each eye immediately before bedtime and upon awakening.

Ointments

HypoTears Ointment (Novartis) Refresh PM PF (Allergan)
Moisture Eyes Ointment PM/PF(B+L) Refresh Lacri-lube PF (Allergan)
Muro 128 Ointment (B+L) - helps to reduce swelling Soothe Night Time Lubricant Eye Ointment (B+L)
Tears Naturale Ointment PF (Alcon)
Drctns:instill a one inch line into the lower cul-de-sac of each eye immediately before bedtime and upon awakening.

Nutritional Supplements

It is imperative to drink plenty of water and to reduce the intake of diuretics such as caffeine:
VisionPro EPA/DHA/GLA from Pure Encapsulations www.purecapsvision.com/eyecareinc or similar Omega3 3,000mg/day Fortifeye Super Omega-3 Fish Oil (www.fortifeye.com) Tears Again Hydrate-by Rx only (Ocusoft)
HydroEye (ScienceBased Health) TheraTears Nutrition (Akorn) (www.theratears.com)
Moistur-Eyes (www.CarlsonLabs.com) Flax Seed Oil (1 Tbsp/day)
Return to your eye doctor for further evaluation and treatment if these recommendations do not provide relief. OTCdryeye03292014