If you’ve struggled with chronic or severe dry eyes at any point in your life, you already know that no single product or brand works best for every unique case of dry eye. This multifactorial, frustrating condition can make day to day activities like driving, reading and even watching television become difficult, uncomfortable tasks. Indeed, chronic dry eye disease may decrease quality of life for as many as 33 million Americans.
So, we’ve decided to compile a list of what we think are 2014’s most helpful and affordable dry eye products. Without further ado here are some of our favourites!:
EyeKon Eyewipes: We discovered these soothing, pillow soft pads this year during the ASCRS meeting. EyeKon’s moist cleaning clothes are phenomenal when it comes to ridding the eyes of debris, allergens and other particles. These medical grade wipes are also effective in removing mascara and makeup while simultaneously soothing dry, sensitive eyes. Bonus? We also found that the vitamin E enriched wipes gave us softer, healthier eyelashes.
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TheraTears: For the second year in a row, TheraTears lubricant eye drops top our list as one of the best in the artificial tear category. The preservative-free formula contains a patented ingredient that turns into pure oxygen and water on contact with the ocular surface. TheraTears help to replicate natural moisture in the eye so that your tired, dry eyes instantly feel refreshed each and every time you apply! What’s more? We’ve recently been having equally excellent results with TheaTears’ new night time formula!
We’ve had so much success with TheraTears that we want you to give the brand a try, too! We’re giving away one FREE TheraTears System complete with a bottle of TheraTears Multidose and TheraTears SteriLid Eyelid Cleanser. Don’t miss out! Comment anywhere on our forum and you’ll be automatically entered to win! Good luck! (Contest ends January 23, 2015)
TheraPearl Eye Mask: TheraPearl Eye-ssential eye mask by Bausch & Lomb makes a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone plagued with dry eye symptoms! Pop it in the freezer, place it on your eyes and relax for soothing relief of itchy, red eyes- while also nixing puffiness. The TheraPearl mask can also be used hot to reduce nasal congestion and eye soreness. Check out TheraPearl’s website to purchase yours in time for the holidays.
OrganicWear 100% Natural Origin Mascara: Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara is 100% free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens and dyes. Its smooth application and soft brush make it a winner for ladies struggling to find a non-irritating mascara. And at 15 bucks per tube? You can’t go wrong. Give it a try and remember to share your opinion afterwards!
Zoria Boost Lash Intensifying Serum: Eyes too sensitive to wear even the most natural of mascaras? Well, now you can ditch the lash lacquer permanently! Zoria Boost Lash Serum is an eyelash enhancer specifically designed to naturally strengthen and condition lashes in 4-8 weeks without ingredients that are irritating to sensitive, dry eyes. According to the manufacturer (OcuSoft), Zoria Boost uses a patented polypeptide technology developed by an ophthalmologist to support eyelash growth for dramatically longer, fuller and darker looking lashes – perhaps nixing the need for eye makeup entirely!
7Eye by Panoptx: Are dry eyes getting in the way of your love for sports or recreational activities? Any amount of wind and sun can aggravate dry eyes and that means motorcyclists, skiers, fishermen and others who expose themselves to the elements are likely worsening their dry eye symptoms. If you’re a winter or outdoor sports fanatic who’s been forced to quit due to discomfort and reflex tears; cry no more. 7Eye has created modern looking moisture chamber goggles that help to retain corneal moisture and block tear evaporation. The hip looking shades fit precisely allowing them to block wind, dust, glare and other allergens so that you’re free to ski, board or fish comfortably! Visit 7Eye.com to purchase a pair! (Pro Tip: Perfect as a stocking stuffer!)
Did we miss something? Tell us your favourite product for nixing dry eye symptoms below!