Effective Dry Eye Products Designed to Help Patients Manage Discomforting Symptoms
Dry eye conditions affect over 340 million people worldwide, causing intermittent or chronic redness, irritation, tearing, fatigue, and other discomforting eye symptoms. While over-the-counter products for dry eye exist, they may not provide the symptom relief that many patients seek to improve eye comfort and regain their quality of life. After accurate diagnosis and evaluation of dry eye conditions, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other eye care professionals can rely on I-MED Pharma for dry eye management options designed to provide relief for mild to severe, intermittent, and chronic dry eye conditions.
I-MED Pharma is a global leader in dry eye diagnosis and management, offering a vast array of dry eye products available to help alleviate your patients’ dry eyes. Depending on the severity and frequency of symptoms that patients are experiencing, ophthalmologists and optometrists can choose the most suitable management option for the ocular health of their patients.
Viscoadaptive Eye Drops
Viscoadaptive eye drops enhance the three natural layers of the tear film: the mucin layer, the aqueous layer and the lipid layer to give patients extra lubrication when their own natural tears are lacking in quality or quantity.
I-MED Pharma’s line of I-DROP® viscoadaptive eye drops are premium eye drops that effectively and quickly help to relieve dry eye symptoms. The I-DROP® line of products combine essential biopolymers that are responsible for the long-lasting comfort and relief from dry eye symptoms. Whether patients require relief for moderate, severe, or evaporative dry eye, the collection of I-DROP® products promotes excellent coating and recoating of the ocular surface with every blink, while delivering superior moisturizing and lubrication for enhanced patient comfort.
I-DROP® PUR – ADVANCED RELIEF!
I-DROP® PUR is the only contact-lens-compatible, viscoadaptive, and preservative-free artificial tear product available. Containing 0.18% viscoadaptive HA, this artificial tear is formulated to provide immediate and long-lasting relief and comfort, I-DROP® PUR is recommended for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate chronic dry eye disease.
I-DROP® PUR GEL – SUPERIOR RELIEF!
I-DROP® PUR GEL offers superior moisturizing and lubrication of the ocular surface and is recommended for patients with severe to chronic dry eye disease. This preservative-free artificial tear contains 0.30% viscoadaptive HA and provides the ultimate relief and comfort for patients and their dry eyes.
I-DROP® MGD – ENHANCED RELIEF!
I-DROP® MGD is a premium type of artificial tear that is formulated to relieve symptoms related to evaporative dry eye. It is one of the most advanced hydrating and lubricating preservative-free eye drops available on the market. I-DROP® MGD contains 0.20% viscoadaptive HA and supports the stabilization and enhancement of the lipid layer while reducing evaporation of the tear film.
Implementing an ocular hygiene routine is essential for patients experiencing eye irritation, dryness, discomfort, or other dry eye symptoms. Proper cleansing of the eyelids and eyelashes is key. The eyelids’ and eyelashes’ roles are to trap debris, toxins, and other particles, and prevent these foreign bodies from getting onto the ocular surface. If they aren’t properly cleaned and cared for, this can lead to an increase in dry eye symptoms or to other problematic conditions like demodex mite infestations.
The vast selection of ocular hygiene products offered by I-MED Pharma are commonly recommended by optometrists, ophthalmologists for patients suffering from dry eye or Meibomian Gland Disease (MGD) as well as for those interested in enhancing their daily ocular hygiene routine. Some of these eyelash and eyelid hygiene products are formulated with tea tree oil for patients requiring deeper cleansing.
I-LID ’N LASH®
I-LID ’N LASH® is one of the only paraben-free eyelid hygiene products that effectively cleans and hydrates both the eyelashes and eyelids. Available in both soothing gel and wipe formats, I-LID ‘N LASH® is easy-to-use and effective at removing ocular debris and makeup.
I-LID ’N LASH® PLUS
Adding I-LID ’N LASH® PLUS to an ocular hygiene routine helps clean eyelids and lashes more effectively while increasing the effectiveness of hydrating artificial tears. One thing that makes these products different from I-MED Pharma’s I-LID ’N LASH® is that it contains 5% tea tree oil (TTO).
I-LID ’N LASH® PRO
Eyecare professionals can rely on I-LID ’N LASH® PRO, the strongest ocular hygiene gel offered by I-MED Pharma. With a strong formulation, this cleanser effectively removes ocular debris on eyelids and lashes that require a more intensive cleansing. It contains 20% tea tree oil, adding hydrating and soothing properties.
Ongoing dryness prompts the eye to produce more tears, but sometimes the tears are unable to adequately moisten the eyes. Tear ducts often play a role in dry eye symptoms — if fluid is draining too quickly from the eye, it can cause burning, scratchiness, and dryness in the eyes. When viscoadaptive artificial tears do not provide patients with increased comfort and relief, eye care professionals often recommend punctal plugs. Punctal plugs are tiny devices that can be inserted into tear ducts to block drainage. As a result, the eye’s tear film and surface moisture is increased to help relieve certain forms of dry eye.
I-MED Pharma carries the widest variety of punctal plugs, available in permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary options. They also come in a variety of materials and sizes so that eye care professionals can easily find punctal plugs suited for the needs of their patients. I-MED Pharma’s permanent punctal plugs are available in both sterile and non-sterile selections.
I-PLUG® Punctum Plugs
The I-PLUG® is one of the most effective punctum plugs for dry eye symptoms. This medical-grade silicone plug is designed to provide reduction or elimination of tear drainage through the tear ducts. The proprietary shaft design makes for easy insertion and proper anatomic fit, while the low-profile dome enhances patient comfort and symptom relief.
I-PLUG® FIT Punctum Plugs
I-PLUG® FIT punctum plugs are designed for simple sizing, easy insertion, and patient comfort. The punctal plug is molded from medical-grade silicone and is available in different sizes, making it easy to find a size for any patient. This punctum plug also features a flexible fit nose design that makes it easy to insert into the tear duct and provides superior retention.
Dry Eye Ointment
Eye ointment is an effective remedy against dry eyes. Ointment for dry eyes helps stimulate and stabilize the lacrimal fluid and support the lubrication of the cornea and conjunctiva. While artificial tears are recommended for dry eye relief throughout the day, dry eye ointment can be used in conjunction or as an alternative to artificial tears. Eye ointment is applied directly to the conjunctival sac. Dry eye gels and ointment tend to stay in the eyes longer, so they’re recommended for overnight use.
I-MED Pharma offers one of the leading dry eye ointments that delivers superior moisturizing and protection of the ocular surface to provide soothing relief of dry eye symptoms, such as soreness, irritation, or a gritty sensation on the eyes and acts as a barrier against moisture loss.
Patients that seek relief of severe dry eye disease and Lagophthalmos, the inability to close the eyelids completely, may benefit from I-DEFENCE®. This long-lasting, lubricating dry eye gel ointment contains 0.40% sodium hyaluronate and is extremely effective at providing maximum, long-lasting relief of dry eye symptoms.
Nutrition plays a big role in your health, including your vision. Consuming foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, namely, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is essential to ocular health. However, most patients are not getting the recommended daily amount of these essential nutrients from diet alone. Certain nutrition deficiencies can lead to dry eye disease as well as other eye conditions such as macular degeneration and vision loss. To supplement a patient’s diet that is lacking in Omega-3 fatty acids, eye care professionals can recommend a nutritional vitamin to balance out what is missing.
Not all Omega-3 supplements are created equally, though. That is why I-MED Pharma spent years formulating revolutionary supplements to help dry eyes. Because diets often lack the recommended amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, I-MED Pharma supplements are designed to provide the most important fatty acids of the classification, EPA, DHA, and DPA.
I-VU® OMEGA-3 PLUS
I-VU® OMEGA-3 PLUS is a highly purified and concentrated Omega-3 supplement that addresses a patient’s dry eye symptoms systematically as opposed to topically. This supplement for dry eyes is formulated to not only provide dry eye relief and improve symptoms, but to support proper tear function in adults as well.
Eye care professionals often recommend moist heat therapy as a form of supplementary treatment for people suffering from dry eyes and other conditions of the eyelid. Hot or cold compresses can provide immediate relief from dry eye discomfort, and consistent use over time can help increase blood circulation, stimulate lipid oil production, and reduce tear evaporation, thereby improving overall ocular health.
I-MED Pharma offers a unique dry eye relief mask that is designed to alleviate symptoms associated with blepharitis, dry eye disease, meibomian gland disease (MGD), styes and chalazia, as well as headaches, sinus pressure, tension, swelling and puffiness.
HOT & COLD THERAPY EYE MASK
The I-RELIEF™ Hot & Cold Therapy Eye Mask can help patients manage their dry eye condition from the mildest of symptoms to more serious conditions. Featuring unique temperature-retaining and naturally-hydrating ThermaBeads™, this eye mask for dry eyes allows for long-lasting hot or cold therapy.
Intense regulated pulsed light (IRPL) therapy is a relatively new form of dry eye treatment. IRPL® technology is used to stimulate the meibomian glands to improve their function. Meibomian glands that are not functioning properly can eventually lead to gland loss or atrophy, which leads to long-term and severe dry eye symptoms.
I-MED Pharma is a supplier of the first medical device in the world using IRPL® that has been specifically designed for the treatment of dry eyes due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This easy-to-use device is tailor-made for optometrists and ophthalmologists.
The E>Eye is the patented IRPL device used by eye care professionals to alleviate dry eye symptoms. The technology is mostly used for neurological stimulation, which can help regenerate the meibomian glands, improve the quality of meibomian gland secretions, and stabilize the lipid layer of the tear film. A treatment session with this compact device can begin within a few seconds and takes only three minutes to perform.