What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a general term used to describe a chronic deficiency in moisture or lubrication on the surface of the eye. This results in uncomfortable irritation, and sometimes inflammation of the tissues of the eyeball.

This syndrome is also known by the medical term keratitis sicca, xerophtalmia, and keratoconjunctivitis sicca when it specifically affects the cornea and conjunctiva.

Dry eyes can result from the eye not producing enough tears, or by the moisture evaporating from the eye at an abnormally fast rate. There is a wide variety of potential causes behind these symptoms, such as: part of the aging process or menopause, dry or dusty atmospheric conditions, a side-effect of certain medications or anti-histimines, contact lens usage, and more.

One popular treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome is artificial tears, or lubricating eye drops. These products (not to be confused with drops aimed at eliminating redness from eyes) moisturize the eyeball with an artificial solution that mimics the viscosity of natural tears.

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FreshKote Eye Drops Coupon


Millions of people suffer from dry eye syndromes. This discomfort can be eased with use of a eye drop.

FreshKote is a popular brand of lubricant eye drop that is preferred by many. Its blend of polymers adheres to the ocular surface, ensuring complete wetting of the eye. FreshKote can help to restore the eye’s lipid layer, in order to stabilize the tear film.

Those seeking to save on their purchase of their eye drops may benefit from the use of a FreshKote coupon.  Print this coupon and bring it to your local pharmacist to save 50% on your purchase of FreshKote.

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Blink Tears

Blink Tears is a line of artificial tears–lubricating eye drops–made by AMO: Abbott Medical Optics. They are designed to replenish your tear film for better eye comfort.

Blink Tears Eye Drops (.5 fl. oz.) – $10.95

The lubricating eye drops (“Relief with every blink”) are indicated for Mild-Moderate dry eye.

What else makes Blink® Tears Lubricating Eye Drops formula so unique?

  • It REPLENISHES your tear film each time you blink
  • It is clinically shown to IMPROVE tear film stability
  • It has a GENTLE OCUPURE™ PRESERVATIVE that disappears in your eyes
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – If you do not experience the relief you expect, simply mail us the unused portion with proof of purchase for a full refund.

AMO Blink Tears Single-Use Vials (25 ct.) – $9.95
Blink single-use vials are packaged in individual sterile tubes, thus allowing them to be made preservative-free.

  • Replenishes your tear film each time you blink
  • Clinically shown to improve tear film stability
  • Preservative-free for sensitive eyes
  • 25 vials .01 fl. oz. (0.4 mL) each

Blink Gel Tears Eye Drops (.34 fl. oz.) – $9.99

These thicker artificial tears are designed for more severe cases of dry eye.

Blink Gel Tears® Lubricating Eye Drops
All the advantages of Blink® Tears but with a more viscous formula specially designed for enhanced comfort in moderate-severe dry eye patients

  • Longer-lasting relief for daytime and nighttime use
  • Adapts to an individual’s dry eye needs by thickening when the eye opens and thinning when the eye closes
  • Restores the tear film with every blink
  • Improved tear film stability
  • Dissipating preservative in the eye

Blink Contacts (.3 fl. oz.) – $6.95

Blink Tears for Contacts are designed to lubricate the eyes of RGP and Soft contact lens wearers.

  • Superior lubrication for contact lens wearers

  • Soothing, silky-smooth texture
  • Improved tear-break-up-time and increases tear film stability
  • Unique properties provide a long-lasting protective shield
  • Ingredients naturally occurring in the eye
  • Peroxide-free, non-sensitizing Ocupure™ preservative
  • Dissipates when exposed to light — preservative-free in the eye
  • Promotes a healthy eye environment
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Rewetting Drops for Contact Lenses

An extensive list of moistening products for eyes with contact lenses is attached below.

Artificial tears or rewetting drops for contact lensesContact lenses have a number of advantages over eyeglasses, but they are not without their drawbacks.  For some people, dry eyes is an unfortunate side effect of wearing contact lenses.  Moisture evaporates from the lens, leaving the eyes with an itchy, uncomfortable feeling.  Allergies can further exacerbate this discomfort.

There are a number of products available that can be used to moisten dry contact lenses, but it is important to note that not all artificial tears or lubricant eye drops can be used for this purpose.  The formulation of certain brands of artificial tears is simply incompatible with the materials that hard and soft contact lenses are made from.

Contact lens wearers suffering from dry eyes can seek advice from their optometrist or ophthalmologist regarding the best treatment for their condition.  Many will recommend a rewetting drop specifically formulated for lubricating eyes with contact lenses.  In the United States, products intended for contact lens care must be approved by the FDA and labeled as such.

Contact lens drop brands

  • Clerz Plus Lens Drops
  • Aquify Comfort Drops
  • Complete Blink-N-Clean
  • Opti-Free Express Rewetting Drops
  • Opti-Free Replenish Rewetting Drops
  • Complete Lubricating and Rewetting Drops
  • Blink Contacts
  • ReNu Rewetting Drops
  • Bausch & Lomb Sensitive Eyes Rewetting Drops
  • Visine for Contacts Rewetting Drops
  • Boston Rewetting Drops
  • TheraTears Drops, Contact Lens Comfort
  • Allergan Refresh Contacts
  • Systane Contacts Soothing Drops
  • Optimum by Lobob Wetting & Rewetting Drops


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Preservatives and Preserative-Free Eye Drops

People who use eye drop products (such as artificial tears, red eye drops, lubricant eye drops, and contact lens rewetting drops) should be aware that most of these products include chemical preservatives in order to keep the products free of contamination from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. These fluids are typically approved by regulatory agencies before they can be sold in most jurisdictions, and most people have no objection to the inclusion of these various preservatives in eye drop products.

But others disagree, and suggest that substances such as benzalkonium chloride can be harmful with long-term usage in the eye. People who use eye drops may want to review these arguments and investigate their eye drop ingredients when making a purchasing decision.

Those with concerns about the ingredients of their eye drop products might choose to opt for the various preservative-free eye drop alternatives. Lubricating drops, artificial tears, and some medical drops are available in single-use vials or special bottles that eliminate the need for preservatives.

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What is keratoconjunctivitis sicca?

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is a medical term of Latin origin meaning ‘dryness of the cornea and conjunctiva.’  This term describes an eye condition in which the eyes are abnormally dry due to either decreased tear production, or increased evaporation.

The condition is also known by the terms keratitis sicca, xerophthalmia, dry eye syndrome (DES), or dry eyes.

Prevalence of keratoconjunctivitis sicca increases with age.  Dry eyes are also often associated with contact lens wearers, and people who have undergone LASIK laser eye surgery.

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The Best Artificial Tears

artificial-tearsArtificial tears are lubricant eye drops used the moisten the eyes. They can be used to reduce the irritation and dryness of keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eyes.  They are also used by many wearers of contact lenses, and are frequently needed to moisten eyes for a period following Lasik or laser eye surgery.  Artificial tears can be purchased without a prescription, and the best prices can be found online.  Brands include Genteal, Refresh, Bion Tears, Thera Tears, Visine, Dwell, Dakrina, Freshkote, Nutratear, and Soothe.  There are also homeopathic artificial tears such as Similasan.  Some viscous artificial tears are described as gels or liquigels.

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