Read through my list of recommended lubricant eye drops to banish those dry itchy eyes forever.
Remember not all eyes are the same so don’t expect all drops to be the same…!
- Blink Contacts Eye Drops 10ml – By Blink
First choice for most practitioners, a very ‘run-of-the-mill’ drop to help with dry eyes. If you’re someone who’s been spending a lot of time at work glued to the VDU or someone who’s been over-wearing their contact lenses then this is a good drop to start with.
I’d recommend using these 3 to 4 times a day.
- Clinitas Hydrate Eye Gel 10g – By Altacor
This gel is popular with some of my patients who have undergone Laser Eye Surgery where dryness is very common for the first 6 months.
I’d recommend using this gel twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night.
- Clinitas Soothe Lubricant Eye Drops 20×0.5ml – By Altacor
These single use vials are very handy to carry around in your bag or pocket and are a good alternative to the Clinitas Hydrate Gel. Patients who find the Hydrate Gel too thin have preferred this thicker version.
- Hycosan – By Hycosan
For those of you who have poor manual dexterity this lubricant drop has a patented one-way delivery system to instill one single dose into the eye. No more drops running down the side of your face!
Some Laser Eye Surgery patients swear by this lubricant after they’ve tried all the others (Blink, Clinitas Hydrate, Soothe..etc) especially middle-aged women who are undergoing menopause. Hormones can play a key part in dry eye related problems.
- Actimist Eye Spray – By Optrex
Saving the best till last. The easiest and most convenient way of refreshing your eyes. Spray it on closed eye lids for instant relief. Easy!
Honourable Mention – Systane
A very good solid all rounder which is quite popular with patients who complain that the Blink doesn’t last long enough and find the Hydrate too thick.
So there you have it. My top lubricant eye drops recommendation which I find work best in practice in alleviating the symptoms of Itchy Dry Eye.
Note: All these eye drops can be bought ‘Over-The-Counter’ meaning they do not require a prescription.