Having dry eyes is a common problem that can be alleviated by using eye drops that provide natural relief. While all eye drops help to keep your eyes hydrated, there are different kinds of eye drops depending on your eye care needs.

Do I have a scratch on my eye?

Studies suggest that 1 in 3 of the general population suffer from dry eyes1. The symptoms are not limited to just dryness but also a burning, stinging, tearing sensation that resembles a feeling of a foreign body in the eyes, and ocular fatigue2. Ignoring these symptoms may affect your vision and could potentially be damaging to your eyes3.

Fortunately, eye drops can provide natural relief and soothe the discomfort of dry eyes. These eye drops serve as natural tears; giving you the comfort you need. Eye drops containing Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), which is found naturally in the eye, helps to supplement essential hydration and lubrication functions for healthy eyes.

Preservatives are sometimes added to eye drops to prolong shelf life and reduce the risk of bacterial contamination in multi-dose containers. While such preservatives are well tolerated in mild cases of dry eyes, preservative-free options are also available.

Tear Supplements 

Tear supplements assist in the hydration of your eyes by supplementing the production of tears. This helps to maintain a comfortable volume of tear film in the eye, which may otherwise be reduced due to inflammation or overexposure. Tear supplements mimic natural tears and are fortified with essential electrolytes and Hyaluronic Acid. As tear supplements may sometimes cause blurred vision, be sure to opt for products designed for reduced blurring to provide long lasting and quality relief.

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Ointment and Gels

To alleviate dry eyes with persistent discomfort, ointment and gels provide even longer lasting relief than tear supplements. However, ointments comprising of mineral oil and petrolatum may cause irritation to those with sensitivity to lanolin. Also, ointments containing parabens should be avoided if you have severe dry eyes. 

On the other hand, gels have the same long lasting effect but produce less visual blurring than ointments4. Unlike ointments, gels require preservatives to prevent bacterial growth. Nonetheless, certain gels have OCUPURE preservatives that are engineered to dissipate upon exposure to light so that the solution becomes preservative-free when applied to the eye for natural relief.

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Ointment and Gels

Rewetting Agents


Rewetting agents are solutions formulated to prevent dry eye symptoms associated with contact lens wear. They help to compensate the moisture that contact lenses absorbed to maximise comfort and prolonged contact lens wear time. Compatible with both soft and rigid lenses, rewetting agents can be applied both before and after the lenses are inserted, without having to remove the contact lenses5.  

If dry eye symptoms continue to persist after application of these tear products, it is important to consult your physician to determine if there are any underlying inflammatory or dysfunctional problems that may require further prescription therapies6.

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References

1. Louis Tong et al. Assessment and Management of Dry Eye Patients for Non-ophthalmic Healthcare Practitioners. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2012, vol 21, 1:15-22.
2. Gayton J. Etiology, prevalence, and treatment of dry eye disease. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2009;3:405-412.
3. Katsuyama I, Arakawa T. A Convenient Rabbit Model of Ocular Epithelium Damage Induced by Osmotic Dehydration. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2003 Jun: 19(3):281-9.
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Lemp MA. 2007 Report of the International Dry Eye WorkShop. Ocul Surf. 2007;5(2):59- 204.
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Szczotka-Flynn L. Chemical Properties of Contact Lens Rewetters. Contact Lens Spectrum. 2006:1-8.
6. Gayton J. Etiology, prevalence, and treatment of dry eye disease. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2009;3:405-412.
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