Alcon UK donates over 35,000 eye drops to keyworkers

The company donated the Systane Eye Drops to support frontline NHS, care home and hospice workers

Alcon Systane products

Alcon UK is donating over 35,000 units of its Systane Eye Drops to frontline workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, including NHS, care home and hospice staff.

Current guidance encourages the public to avoid touching their face where possible, but Alcon suggests during this challenging period frontline workers may find their eyes are prone to becoming dry, leading to itching and soreness.

“The natural reaction is to rub the eyes, which increases the risk of potential exposure,” the company said.

Alcon is donating its Systane Eye Drops to support frontline workers through the pandemic

Alcon’s country franchise head vision care & country manager, UK & Ireland, Chantelle Cook, explained that the idea to donate the eye drops came from considering how the company could help, adding: “We hope to provide a little relief to dry, tired eyes and play a small part in the overall efforts to keep frontline workers well.”

The Systane Eye Drops provide immediate, long-lasting relief from dry eye symptoms, the company explained. Jonathon Bench, head of professional affairs, Alcon UK & Ireland, added: “When used as required, they can reduce symptoms by soothing and hydrating dry eyes, reducing the need and urge to rub them.”

Alcon has also introduced measures to help protect the health of its associates, healthcare professionals and their patients, such as promoting the safe use of its products and ensuring continuity of supply.