ocular rosacea & lubricating drops

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by keith, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. keith

    keith Guest

    When I visited an opthamologist about my ocular rosacea, he gave me a
    couple of samples of lubricating drops: Refresh Plus by Allergan and
    Systane by Alcon. He said to try them out and use as needed. I've
    tried both, and I'm fairly satisfied with them -- they help with the
    dryness and neither irritates my eyes.

    While doing some research on ocular rosacea, dry eyes, etc., I found
    that many people recommend using lubricating drops that are
    preservative-free -- especially if you are going to be using them a
    lot. Since my eyes are pretty dry (especially during winter with all
    the heating units and dry air), I'll probably be using the drops quite
    a bit. The Refresh Plus drops say "preservative-free vials for
    sensitive eyes." The Systane drops say "polyquaternium-1 as a
    preservative." Here's my question: If I'm going to be using the drops
    a lot, is one of these preferable over the other? Like I said before,
    neither of them seems to irritate my eyes so far, so that is not an

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    keith, Feb 16, 2004
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  2. I'm no expert on all the different eyedrop brands out there, but I
    have tried several and have been told repeatedly (including by my doc)
    that products that do not contain preservatives (this includes
    cleaning solutions--peroxide is better) are much preferable to those
    that do not. Any of the non-preserved drops that come in single-use
    vials are probably fine, but if you're going to be using them often
    throughout the day and don't want to have to keep opening new vials
    (for cost reasons), you might consider the multi-use TheraTears
    bottles. They become preservative-free on contact with the eye (the
    preservative converts to oxygen and water). GenTeal makes a similar

    I suspect that most people can use preserved drops just fine, but for
    the small percentage that is sensitive to them, it can be tricky
    narrowing down the cause of any irritation, and it's probably better
    just to use non-preserved products from the start.

    If any docs here disagree or have alternate suggestions, I'd very much
    like to hear them.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Feb 16, 2004
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  3. keith

    drfrank21 Guest

    I like both agents. I haven't had any negative feedback or reaction
    any patient using the Systane product but generally I do recommend the
    preservative free artificial tear for long term usage. In your case,I
    think either one
    should work fine for you.

    drfrank21, Feb 19, 2004
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