Akorn says that patients now have an affordable, convenient alternative to prescription formula eyelid cleansers with its TheraTears Sterilid Antimicrobial Eyelid Cleanser & Facial Wash. TheraTears Sterilid Antimicrobial is a 0.01% hypochlorous acid solution that comes in a 2-oz. bottle and is available over the counter. The company says the cleanser is pH-balanced to be gentle on eyelids and kills 99.9 percent of bacteria within 30 seconds. 

The cleanser is intended to be a cost-effective and accessible option for patients to add to their eye hygiene regimen, the company says. While most eye-care professionals strongly recommend eyelid cleansing, only a fraction of patients suffering from dry eye regularly clean their eyelids, Akorn notes, citing Gallup market research studies. The company hopes that TheraTears Sterilid Antimicrobial will shrink this compliance gap. For more information, visit akorn.com.


Quantel Medical’s LacryStim IPL System Gains CE Approval

Quantel Medical recently announced its new CE-approved LacryStim IPL system for the treatment of dry-eye disease. LacryStim IPL is a treatment device that stimulates the lacrimal and meibomian glands and reduces inflammation by emitting a series of rapid polychromatic light pulses, the company says. The company adds that LacryStim IPL improves tear-film quality and reduces major symptoms associated with mild to moderate dry eye.

The company says this new device forms a complete diagnostic and treatment solution when paired with LacryDiag, Quantel Medical’s dry eye diagnostic platform that launched in 2018. For more information, visit quantel-medical.com.


Vera180 Synthetic Absorbable Lacrimal Plugs

To combat post-surgical dry eye, Lacrivera has released the Vera180 Synthetic Absorbable Lacrimal Plugs, designed to provide temporary occlusion lasting approximately 180 days. The company says the plugs are also ideal for treating the dry eye that accompanies various ocular surface diseases, including contact lens intolerance. 

The Vera180 plugs are made of poly-p-dioxanone (PDO) and come in sizes of 0.2 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm and 0.5 mm, packaged as single pairs and in boxes of 10 pairs. For more information, visit lacrivera.com.


Eschenbach Gives Patients a Closer Look 

Eschenbach says its new desktop video magnifier, the Vario Digital Full High Definition, delivers outstanding image quality with a simple user interface and a compact folding design. For the visually impaired, the Vario Digital FHD offers a 15.6” full HD monitor with optical digital zoom from 1.3x to 45x magnification and a tilting FHD camera that provides a true color image with a large field of view. 

This desktop magnifier also features LED illumination for shadow-free viewing, tactile buttons for easy operation, and a five-language voice output in menu mode. Digital storage is available through a removable 8 GB SD card and the built-in type C USB port. 

The company adds that an optional, adjustable-height Video Magnifier Table with lockable wheels is also available to display the Vario Digital FHD in waiting rooms to generate patient interest. For more information, visit eschenbach.com.