Dry Eye

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Dry eyes

Dry eyes


Who experiences dry eyes1-4:

 

  • A common and treatable condition
  • Age related (especially in women going through menopause)
  • People in low humidity environments (e.g. airconditioned offies)
  • People who wear contact lenses
  • People on certain medications (antihistamines, contraceptives etc.)
  • People who suffer from certain medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, Sjorgens Syndrome etc.)

Symptoms of dry eyes (when tears glands slow down tear production)1,2:

  • Eye redness
  • Eye irritation
  • Grittiness (foreign body sensation)
  • Blurry vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Eye stinging or burning
  • Watery eyes
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Sensitivity to light

Causes of dry eyes:

  • Dry eye is the loss or reduction of the eye's ability to produce normal tears – the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly1,2,5
  • Some causes are age-related, some are related to the environment1,2
  • Tear quality - there are three components in a normal tear: water, mucous, and oil. These three components work together to provide the proper amount of moisture, distribute moisture evenly across the cornea, and prevent evaporation that can cause eyes to become dry. If any of the three components is compromised, the eye may not get the nourishment and protection it needs. Most commonly, there is not enough oil in the tears, leading to the evaporation that causes dry eye.1,2,5,6
  • Dry eye syndrome can also cause watery eyes, due to dryness on the eye’s surface that overstimulates production of the watery component of your tears as a protective mechanism
  • Diminished tear production may be associated with1,2:
    • certain medications - such as antihistamines, birth control pills, diuretics, cardiovascular medications, pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
    • certain medical conditions - such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or thyroid problems

Types of Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye: occurs when the tear glands fail to produce enough of the watery component of tears1,2,5
  • Evaporative Dry Eye: occurs when the evaporation of tears is accelerated because the meibomian glands don’t produce enough oil, causing the watery layer to evaporate too quickly1,2,5

What to do:

  • One of the most frequent causes of visits to an eye care professional
  • Your eye care professional will evaluate your eye condition to determine if it is dry eye and a variety of underlying conditions that may be causing dry eye
  • Regardless of the cause of dry eye, the signs and symptoms are similar, a diagnosis can be made by a comprehensive exam, observing tear flow and quality, as well as examining the cornea and eyelids for the symptoms mentioned above

The most common forms of treatment for dry eye include:

  • Minimize drying - avoid dry situations, such as an overheated room, wind or smoke, when outdoors wear wraparound glasses to reduce drying effect of the wind
  • Tear supplements – eye drops and gels rehydrate the surface of the eyes, supplements some or all layers of the tear film, and some may even protect the ocular surface from dessication7
  • Nutritional supplements - with vitamins that contain Omega-3 may assist in alleviating dry eye symptoms7

References: 1. Yao W, et al. Dry Eye Syndrome: An update in office management. Am J Med 2011;124:1016-1018. 2. Bartlett JD, et al. Diagnostic & Treatment Algorithms for Ocular Surface Disease States. Dry Eye. Part three of an ongoing series. New paradigms in the understanding and management of dry eye. Review of Optometry. October 2011:1-12. 3. Bailey G. Dry eyes: how to relieve dry eye syndrome. Available at http://allaboutvision.com/conditions/dryeye.htm [Accessed May 24, 2014] 4. 2007 Report of the International Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS). Ocul Surf. 2007;5(2):65-204. 5. Brightbill FS, et al. Corneal surgery: Theory, technique and Tissue. Nov 2008(4); 18-23. 6. Porter RS, editor. The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook. New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,2009; 1414,1421. 7. Graham, RH. There’s nothing fi shy about omega-3 fatty acids for dry eye syndrome. Medscape Ophthalmology. Available at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/707984_2. [Accessed January 13,2014].


Hyaluronic Acid

If you see this symbol you can rest assured that the product contains a powerful, natural lubricant Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is found naturally throughout the body, eyes and even in tears.1 Carrying 1000x times its own weight, this water loving molecule creates a reservoir of moisture on the surface of the eye and slowly releases it, to ensure your eyes stay hydrated as nature intended. HA is extremely compatible with contact lenses.2

References: 1. Scheuer CA, et al. Retention of conditioning agent hyaluronan on hydrogel contact lenses. Contact Lens & Anterior Eye 2010, 33(1S), 2-6. 2. Zheng X, et al. In vitro efficacy of ocular surface lubricants against dehydration. 2013 Sep;32(9):1260-4.

 

Which drop is right for me? Take our personal eye check questionnaire to find out which Artelac is right for you.

 


 

For severe dry eye

Provides ongoing relief by replenishing and locking in moisture in all 3 layers of the tear film

Suitable for pathological Dry Eye

  • Severe evaporative Dry Eye (lipid therapy)
  • Severe aqueous deficient Dry Eye

Contains:

  • Medium chain triglycerides (lipids) and Carbomer.

    Available in a 10ml dropper bottle, convenient single dose units that is free of preservatives and a gel for extra protection and when prolonged and sustained relief of symptoms is required, especially at night.

Dosage:

  • Instil one drop into the conjunctival sac 3-5 times daily or as the need arises.

 

For pathological dry eye

Rebalance tears with a unique combination of lubricants and nutrients (HA + Vit B12) for lasting relief of recurrent Dry Eyes/chronic tear dysfunction

Contains:

  • Hyaluronic Acid, Polyethylene Glycol, Vitamin B12, potassium, magnesium and calcium for a health ocular surface.

    Available in a 10ml dropper bottle, convenient single dose units that is free of preservatives.

Dosage:

  • Instil one drop into the conjunctival sac 3-5 times daily or as the need arises.

 

For marginal dry eye

Fast, natural hydration for mildly irritated eyes due to environmental triggers

Available in a 10ml dropper bottle, convenient single dose units that is free of preservatives.

Dosage:

  • Instil one drop into the conjunctival sac 3-5 times daily or as the need arises. Please see package insert for instructions on how to use the unique applicator.

 

For mild dry eye

Suitable for marginal Dry Eye (Mild aqueous deficiencies)

Contains:

  • Hypromellose

    Available in a 10ml dropper bottle, convenient single dose units that is free of preservatives.

Dosage:

  • Instil one drop into the conjunctival sac 3-5 times daily or as the need arises.

For temporary relief of burning and irritation caused by dry eyes

Bausch+Lomb Moisture Drops are lubricant eye drops, which moisten your dry eyes

How do they help?

  • Moisture Drops mimic the three natural layers of our tear layer, thereby creating an artificial tear film
  • Moisture Drops are lubricants which temporarily moistens the eye.
  • They offer temporary relief of burning and irritation caused by dryness of the eye

Can I use Bausch+Lomb Moisture Drops if I wear contact lenses?

  • Remove your lenses first and then instil the drops
  • Lenses can be re-inserted about 10 minutes later

Dosage:

  • Instil 1 or 2 drops in the affected eye(s) as needed
  • Remove your lenses first and then instil the drops
  • Lenses can be re-inserted about 10 minutes later


Added Value:

  • Use Bausch+Lomb Moisture Drops in conjunction with Ocuvite Complete if your dry, irritated eyes need more than just a drop

Ongoing relief for all types of Dry Eye1-3

Liposic Eye Gel is a tear substitute that provides ongoing relief by replenishing and locking in moisture in all 3 layers of the tear film providing relief for all types of dry eyes1-3

  • Aqueous-tear deficient Dry Eye (occurs when the tear glands fail to produce enough of the water component of tears)4-6
  • Evaporative Dry Eye (occurs when the evaporation of tears is accelerated because the Meibomian glands don’t produce enough oil, causing the watery layer of the tear film to evaporate too quickly) 4-6

 

Dry Eye Syndrome can originate in either or in both these 2 types7

Dose: Instill one drop into the conjunctival sac 3-5 times a day or more frequently. Contact lenses should be removed before use and inserted again 30 minutes after Liposic Eye Gel has been instilled.

Added value: Use Liposic Eye Gel in conjunction with Ocuvite Complete

 

Innovation in Dry Eye treatment1

  • Lipid deficiencies1
  • Aqueous-tear deficiencies1
  • Mucin deficiencies1

Ophthalmologists’ No.1 prescribed Eye Health Supplement1

How Ocuvite Complete may help alleviate Dry Eye Symptoms?

Ocuvite Complete contains Omega-3 Fatty acids that are known to reduce inflammation, but also promote a healthy tear film
and ocular surface which may assist in alleviating Dry Eye symptoms.2-3

How Ocuvite Complete may help reduce the risk of AMD?

Vitamin and mineral supplementation may reduce the risk of progression of moderate to advanced AMD4,5

 

Nutrients

Per 2 capsules

May assist in inhibiting Pro-inflammatory mediators and promote a healthy ocular surface4,5

Fish oil

1015,4 mg

with Omega-3 fatty acids

600 mg

of which DHA

360 mg

Forms the protective macular pigment that may help filter harmful blue light2

Lutein

10 mg

Zeaxanthin

2 mg

Antioxidants may help neutralize excess free radicals2

Vitamin E

30 mg

Vitamin C

180 mg

Zinc

15 mg

Suitable for

  • AMD
  • Dry Eye symptoms3
  • Smokers

Recommended dosage

2 capsules daily with a meal

Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a well-balanced, varied diet and a healthy life style.

References: 1.Impact Rx. Script data – May 2015. 2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Available at: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids. [Accessed May 26, 2014]. 3. Graham, RH. There’s nothing fi shy about omega-3 fatty acids for dry eye syndrome. Medscape Ophthalmology. Available at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/707984_2. [Accessed January 13,2014]. 4. Rasmussen HM, et al. Nutrients for the aging eye. Clinical Interventions in Aging 2013; 8:741–748. 5. Chew EY on behalf of the The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Research Group. Lutein + Zeaxanthin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA 2013; 309(19):2005-2015. Applicant: iNova Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd. Reg. No.: 1952/001640/07.

 

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Brand Manager
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m.vannieuwkerk@bausch.co.za

 

 

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Marketing Manager
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National Sales Manager Surgical
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Marianne Oosthuizen
Responsible Pharmacist
(011) 087 0000 / 087 820 7002
m.oosthuizen@bausch.co.za

 

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