Pros: Relieve dry eye, don't need a prescription, don't make eyes blurry
Last winter while I was visiting my daughter in Louisiana I had to make an unexpected visit to with an opthamologist. During the eye examination he told me I had dry eyes, something that my eye doctor back home also confirmed.
When I am out in the cold or wind tears will start streaming down my face. It looks like I am crying. Tearing eyes is one symptom of dry eye. Strange, huh?
I have numerous bottles of eye drops that have been given to me between these two doctors, and the Systane Balance Lubricant Eye Drops Restorative Formula is one that I like pretty well.
They look similar to the Bausch & Lomb Soothe XP because the drops are not clear, they have a slight milky white appearance. I can't use the Bausch & Lomb Soothe XP drops because they make my eyes blurry and they actually make my eyes hurt. I don't have that problem with the Systane brand. When I put them in I don't have any blurred vision and my eyes don't become sore and irritated. Both brands work to "restore the natural tear's lipid layer", and I get several hours of relief after using the Systane drops.
Systane Balance drops are made by Alcon Laboratories, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. These are sterile, clinical strength eye drops. Like the Soothe XP, you need to shake the bottle before using, and you can use one or two drops into each eye. They help with symptoms of burning, itching and that scratchy feeling that accompanies dry eyes. They don't sting when I use them, and if I am inside most of the day I only have to use them in the morning and in the evening. I also use them more in the winter than in the summer.
I have used both prescription as well as over the counter eye drops, and I appreciate that these can be found at most drug stores. I don't have to make an appointment with my eye doctor in order to get them, and that is very important to me.
I've used drops with preservatives as well as preservative free versions, and I honestly don't notice any difference between them. Interestingly, my eye doctor did recommend I use a preservative free eye drop, but the brand he recommended actually did contain preservatives.
Since both my husband and I suffer with dry eyes, we have tried many brands between us, and these Systane drops are a good choice.
If you don't like to have drops placed in your eye, try this. Tip your head back and close your eyes. Place one or two drops in the corner of your eye, then slowly open your eye and let the drops run into the eye. My husband taught me this trick, and it is a very gentle way to administer eye drops.
Overall, I like the Systane Balance drops, and they cost about $10 for a one third ounce bottle.
Polyethylene Glycol - 0.6 %Lubricant
Boric Acid , Dimyristoyl Phosphatidylglycerol , Edetate Disodium , Hydroxypropyl Guar , Mineral Oil , Polyoxyl 40 Stearate , Polyquad (Polyquaternium-1 - 0.001% Preservative) , Sorbitan Tristearate , Sorbitol , Purified Water , May Contain: Hydrochloric Acid and , or Sodium Hydroxide