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OT  focuses on…dry eye

From eye drops to gels, OT  takes a look at the latest product innovations for dry eye

AB Max


Grafton Optical has launched AB Max, an outer eyelid margin clear for anterior blepharitis.

AB Max is a five to seven minute cleansing treatment that is designed to remove bacteria, crust and debris from the anterior eyelid margin and eyelashes.

It features forward and reverse functionality as well as pulse mode, which is designed to remove stubborn debris while massaging the anterior eyelid margins.

CEO of Grafton Optical, David Thickens, said: “The unique pulse mode offers patients improved results and a far more comfortable treatment experience. Blepharitis is estimated to account for one in 20 problems reported to GPs. Offering an effective and affordable treatment to ease the symptoms of this common condition represents a huge opportunity for practices.”

The unique pulse mode offers patients improved results and a far more comfortable treatment experience

CEO of Grafton Optical, David Thickens


Positive Impact has launched two hot compresses for dry eye patients.

The Eyeleve Contact Lens Compress provides therapeutic moist heat in order to alleviate symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction and contact lenses induced dry eye.

The compress works by stimulating glands and increasing oil production, which stabilises the ocular surface to reduce dryness and increase comfort for contact lens wearers.

Positive Impact explained that Eyeleve utilises silver ion MediBeads and an anti-microbial EyeOnic fabric to reduce the risk of infection.

Marketing and professional services director at Positive Impact, Nick Atkins, said: “End-of-day discomfort is considered the primary reason for contact lens dropout and continues to cost the optical industry millions of pounds per year. Proactively offering solutions like Eyeleve can be an effective way to extend wearing time, reduce dropout and enhance overall patient satisfaction with lens wear.”

Eyeleve Contact Lens Compress
The Eyeleve Contact Lens Compress


Scope has launched Optase tea tree oil eye lid cleansing gel, which is applied to lids and lashes using fingertips.

The company explained that the gel is a unique formation of tea tree oil, sodium hyaluronate and pro-vitamin B5, which nourishes the eye’s skin and manages symptoms of blepharitis.

Scope added that tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and sodium hyaluronate moisturises and soothes eye lids.

Optase eyelid cleansing gel
Scope’s Optase tea tree oil eye lid cleansing gel


Altacor highlighted new additions to its Clinitas range of dry eye products.

The new Clinitas 0.2% sodium hyaluronate eye drops are available for mild to moderate dry eye symptoms.

Extending the range from the 0.4% version, which is designed for moderate to severe dry eye, the eye drops are preservative-free and contact lens friendly.

Altacor’s dry eye range also includes Multi Dose, which is a bottle designed to enable patients to accurately apply the drops. The company also highlighted Clinitas Soothe single day use mini droppers, which can be resealed so that any unused solution can be used for up to 12 hours.

Clinitas dry eye products
Altacor’s Clinitas range of dry eye products


Visufarma has launched a preservative-free, antioxidant gel that transforms into a liquid when it touches the ocular surface.

The VisuXL Gel is a combination of coenzyme Q10, cross-linked CMC and poloxamer 407. Visufarma explained that the coenzyme promotes the healing of corneal damage, while CMC increases viscosity and poloxamer 407 is a smart thermo-gelling agent that provides the viscosity of a gel in a drop.

It provides 12-hour dosing with two drops per day and is suitable for day and night use. It can also be used with contact lenses and is available in a 10ml bottle.

VisuXL product
Visufarma’s VisuXL