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Ease Dry Eye Symptoms with the Best Products of 2014

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 wiepsEyeKon 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.

Our Xmas gift to you? Simply leave a comment on this blog post or our forum and we’ll automatically enter you to win a FREE jar of EyeKon Eyewipes! (Contest ends January 23, 2015)

thera tearsTheraTears: 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!

zoriaZoria 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!

7eye7Eye 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!

Comments

  1. Barbara Hagger says:

    I think the information is great, but I cannot find anywhere for an individual to purchase the eye wipes. I would love some info on that please.

  2. Where can I purchase these wipes, EyeKon Eyewipes?

  3. I want to try the eye wipes! I love my 7eyes

  4. Sharon Archer says:

    Using Restasis and artificial tears but still have red eyes. Would love to give EyeKon Eyewipes a try.

  5. Would like to try the TheraTears System also.

  6. Would like to try the TheraTears System and the EyeKon Eyewipes to relieve the redness in my eyes.

  7. Taylor Young says:

    I am interested in trying the Thera Tears Liquid Eyelid Cleanser. I didn’t know that I had dry eyes until I started waking up with my eyelids practically glued to my eyes. It takes a little effort to open my eyes in the morning and then to see clearly right away. I saw an ad on TV for Restasis, calling chronic dry eyes a disease. I really don’t believe in chronic “disease” and prefer to think of things as chronic “malnutrition” or “malabsorption” of nutrients of some sort. Would like to know what nutrient or supplement I may take to resolve this deficiency. I have read that a warm compress over the eyes will help unclog the tear ducts, but there must be something else to do that can prevent them from clogging in the first place.

    • Taylor Young says:

      I agree Mimi! I don’t like the idea that everything is a “disease” rather than something that is missing from diet or due to a toxin in the environment. I don’t have a solution from personal experience, I am still working on it, but here is an excerpt from a document I saved on self-help tips:
      • A humidifier puts more moisture in the air. With more moisture in the air, your tears evaporate more slowly, keeping your eyes more comfortable. Both furnaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer decrease the humidity in the air.
      • Excessive air movement dries out your eyes. Avoid having excessive air movement by decreasing the speed of ceiling fans and/or oscillating fans.
      • Large amounts of dust or other particulate matter in the air may worsen the symptoms of dry eye. In those situations, an air filter may be helpful.
      • Hot compresses and eyelid scrubs/massage with baby shampoo help by providing a thicker, more stable lipid layer. This is especially helpful if you have meibomian gland dysfunction, rosacea, or blepharitis. The heat warms up the oil in the oil glands, making it flow more easily; the massaging action helps get the oil out of the glands. The cleansing action decreases the number of bacteria that break down the oil.
      • Artificial tears and lubricating eyedrops and gels (available over the counter) help provide more moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye. They are typically used about four times a day, but they can be used as often as needed. Preservative-free solutions are recommended if you wish to use artificial tears more than six times a day. There is no single over-the-counter drop that is best for everyone. Each individual will determine which drop provides the most relief from symptoms. Some drops may have a longer effect than others.
      • Lubricating eye ointments are much thicker than eyedrops and gels. Because ointments are so thick, they last much longer than eyedrops and gels. However, because of their thickness, ointments may blur your vision if used during the day. Therefore, they are typically used to lubricate the eyes overnight while you are asleep.
      • If you notice your eyes are dry mainly while you are reading or watching TV, taking frequent breaks to allow your eyes to rest and become moist and comfortable again is helpful. Closing your eyes for 10 seconds every five to 10 minutes will increase your comfort, as will blinking more frequently. Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014
      Hope this helps in some way. :-)

  8. My eyes are very dry due to not closing them tightly at night. I can’t stand the mask I purchased, I ended up throwing it off at night. Is there a comfortable product you recommend?

  9. I would recommend using a product from this company in the UK http://www.eyelidcare.co.uk its been a godsend for my dry eyes

  10. I would love for people to comment on solutions you,have found. I am suffering with corneal ulceration, due to exposure while sleeping. Thanks for any suggestions!

    • Taylor Young says:

      I agree Mimi! I don’t like the idea that everything is a “disease” rather than something that is missing from diet or due to a toxin in the environment. I don’t have a solution from personal experience, I am still working on it, but here is an excerpt from a document I saved on self-help tips:
      • A humidifier puts more moisture in the air. With more moisture in the air, your tears evaporate more slowly, keeping your eyes more comfortable. Both furnaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer decrease the humidity in the air.
      • Excessive air movement dries out your eyes. Avoid having excessive air movement by decreasing the speed of ceiling fans and/or oscillating fans.
      • Large amounts of dust or other particulate matter in the air may worsen the symptoms of dry eye. In those situations, an air filter may be helpful.
      • Hot compresses and eyelid scrubs/massage with baby shampoo help by providing a thicker, more stable lipid layer. This is especially helpful if you have meibomian gland dysfunction, rosacea, or blepharitis. The heat warms up the oil in the oil glands, making it flow more easily; the massaging action helps get the oil out of the glands. The cleansing action decreases the number of bacteria that break down the oil.
      • Artificial tears and lubricating eyedrops and gels (available over the counter) help provide more moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye. They are typically used about four times a day, but they can be used as often as needed. Preservative-free solutions are recommended if you wish to use artificial tears more than six times a day. There is no single over-the-counter drop that is best for everyone. Each individual will determine which drop provides the most relief from symptoms. Some drops may have a longer effect than others.
      • Lubricating eye ointments are much thicker than eyedrops and gels. Because ointments are so thick, they last much longer than eyedrops and gels. However, because of their thickness, ointments may blur your vision if used during the day. Therefore, they are typically used to lubricate the eyes overnight while you are asleep.
      • If you notice your eyes are dry mainly while you are reading or watching TV, taking frequent breaks to allow your eyes to rest and become moist and comfortable again is helpful. Closing your eyes for 10 seconds every five to 10 minutes will increase your comfort, as will blinking more frequently. Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014
      Hope this helps in some way. – See more at: http://allaboutdryeye.com/2014/12/12/ease-dry-eye-symptoms-with-the-best-products-of-2014/?replytocom=33268#respond

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  12. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Dry Eye Sunglasses are even more important for dry eye sufferers since they will add extra protection for you sensitive eyes.

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