National Eye Health Week 2012

The third National Eye Health Week takes place between 17th and 23rd September 2012 and aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good eye health and attending regular sight tests.

This year, Altacor are supporting National Eye Health Week by providing tips and advice for the safe administration of eye drops. We have produced two new information sheets and a new training video on this subject, please visit our National Eye Health Week 2012 page for more information.

Clinitas dry eye drops help protect golfers from extremes

Eye care is particularly important for golfers, who are exposed not just to glare and UV light but also to dust, pollen and wind – all of which can irritate the eyes.  Many golfers suffer from watery eyes and are unaware that it may be a symptom of dry eye, which can also cause a scratchy, gritty or smarting feeling and can be easily relieved with eye drops. Continue reading

Altacor at Independent’s Day 9th July

Preservative free Clinitas Soothe

The theme for Independents Day this is ‘Close Encounters of the Patient Kind’ and there will be a sporting theme for the gala evening.

Double Olympiad and former modern pentathlete Professor Greg Whyte, will be the guest speaker.  Although an  authority on exercise physiology and sports performance, he is probably better known for his training and mentoring of celebrities such as David Walliams and Eddie Izzard.

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Dry eye gel offers overnight relief

A dry eye gel can be helpful in relieving discomfort triggered by dry, dusty or windy environments or dry eye caused by medication such as HRT, anti-histamines.

Clinitas Hydrate is a liquid gel that spreads rapidly over the cornea to relieve friction and provide lubrication.  It works by boosting the aqueous layer of the tear film. In addition to releasing water it also contains carbomer 980 which means the eye drops stay longer in the eye to provide lasting relief.

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Clinitas offers high flyers relief from dry eye symptoms

The dehydrating effects of flying do not only affect the skin, it can cause dry eye symptoms particularly if you wear contact lenses or are using a laptop.  Resealable eye drops could be the answer, Clinitas Soothe is available in small 0.5ml vials and contain enough treatment for even a long haul flight.

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Quick results with Dry Eye diagnostics trial

Dry itchy eyes is frequently it is the reason why patients give up using their contact lenses. To help opticians diagnose dry eye quickly and more accurately, Altacor, the ophthalmic products specialists, and No7 the contact lenses manufacturer have collaborated on a trial and the initial results have been very positive.

Andrew Merry Optometrists were one of the first to join the trial in which self-contained dry eye diagnostic kits were provided free of charge by Altacor and No7, and the opticians were trained in how to use them.

Janet Wilkinson of Andrew Merry Optometrists says:

“The trial went extremely well. People often come in saying they have itchy eyes or a burning sensation and are thinking of stopping wearing their contact lenses. Others think they need a new prescription because their vision is starting to blur.

“Normally we would ask a few questions and then recommend eye drops, but we wouldn’t always be able to do any specific tests as appointment time can be limited.

“In the trial, we assessed everyone that complained of dry eye. The kits contained a Lissamine green stain which we can use to examine the eye and look at tear break-up time.”

The diagnostic kit was developed by Altacor and No7 following consultation with opticians. It provides everything needed in one box and issufficient for testing 10 patients. It helps to identify what type of eye treatment will be most effective.

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Is your medication causing dry eye?

Dry eye is a term used for a variety of tear film disorders that result in the inadequate wetting of the eye.

The characteristic symptom of ‘dry eye’ is scratchy or itchy feeling eyes that look red rimmed. However, some tear film disorders can actually result in watery eyes because the eye tries to compensate for the damage caused to it’s surface layer.

Hormones stimulate the production of tears and so hormonal changes associated with the menopause can be a risk factor for dry eye. As we age, we also produce fewer tears, which may explain why dry-eye is particularly common amongst older women.

Several medicines are associated with dry eye including antihistamines, antidepressants and some drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Using Clinitas eye-drops alongside these treatments can therefore be of great benefit. Other risk factors for dry-eye include recent laser surgery and medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Some nurses have reported that dry eye is one of the side-effects that patients often find sufficiently distressing to stop taking their medication.  Clinitas is also available on prescription so if you are on medication and experiencing dry eye it would be worth discussing this with your GP.

Six tips for overcoming dry eye

If you may sometimes suffer from tired eyes with a gritty or itching sensation, then you may suffer from ‘dry eye’, a common problem for computer-users.

Good eye hygiene as described below will help prevent dry eye syndrome and the associated condition of blepharitis, which is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the rims of the eyelids.

  • Wet a cloth with warm water and hold it against your closed eyes for five to ten minutes. The heat warms up the tiny eyelid glands which release a mucus-like fluid and make it flow more easily. The cleansing action decreases the number of bacteria that break down the oil.
  • Massage your eyes by gently rolling your first finger over them in a circular motion – this helps draw the oil out of the glands.
  • Gently clean your eyelids using cotton wool and cooled boiled water – a cotton bud can also be used to clean your upper and lower eyelid and remove any crustiness.
  • When using a computer try to look away from the screen at regular intervals.
  • Use a humidifier and reduce the use of fans in hot, dry environments.
  • Consider use of a gentle tear replacement fluid, such as one of the Clinitas products, to provide more moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye to bring relief, looking for a preservative free solution (such as Clinitas Soothe) would also be beneficial.

Resealable eye drops offer all day relief from dry eye

Eye drops can provide relief from dry eye symptoms.  These eye drops contain ‘tear substitutes’ which mimic the protective properties of tears.  You may need to reapply the eye drops several times a day and this is where Clinitas Soothe can help.

Clinitas Soothe is unique in that its supplied in an easy to use, sterile, resealable dropper that can be slipped into a pocket or handbag.  Each container holds about 8 drops which is sufficient for one day’s use. It can be recapped and can be used for up to 12 hours.

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