Have you ever gotten something in your eye that makes you just want to take them out and scratch them? Or how about when you have a cold? I certainly have, and it is the worst! With all of the products on the market, such as eye wash, eye lubricant, saline rinse, and other assorted eye drops it can be hard to know what to use.

I had the opportunity to test out some products from the OcuFresh company, and I learned a lot about eye care and how to use the different products.

Most people are not clear on the differences between eye washes, eye lubricants, other assorted eye drops and saline rinses. They each provide different forms of relief. It is good to understand how they differ. Following are the 4 most popular over-the-counter eye product categories along with a brief description of each:

Eye Wash: The way most use Eye Wash is as remedy for urgent care situations. It is a fluid that can be used to safely and quickly wash harmful substances out of the eye, such as dust, irritants, or any other foreign matter that caused irritation or discomfort to the eye.

No household should be without it. This is especially true, if kids are present. After all, most kids, at some point, get something lodged in their eyes. If you have OcuFresh® on hand, the particles can be quickly and painlessly flushed out of their eyes. Eye wash helps your eyes to remove air pollutants or irritants and helps relieve your eyes from discomfort or itchiness.

Eye Drops That “Get The Red Out”: These eye drops are called “constrictors”. They force the blood vessels in your eyes to constrict. This is how they make the red quickly disappear. The effect of such drops is largely aesthetic, not therapeutic. The more such drops are used, the more they become necessary to reduce redness. This is because blood vessels forced to constrict through the use of eye drops tend to expand even more aggressively when the drops are discontinued. This can result in an almost addictive pattern of use and lead to long term health problems.

Lubricant Eye Drops: Eye lubricants, also called demulcents, add moisture to provide temporary relief for dry eye syndrome. They are not eye washes. They do not offer the benefits of cleaning. They simply add lubricants and moisture to dry eyes.

Rewetting Eye Drops: When you do not want to remove your contact lenses, but still need to add moisture to your eyes and lenses, use rewetting eye drops.

Sterile Saline Rinse: Saline rinse is for rinsing your contacts after disinfection. Saline is also for wetting your contacts just before you put them in your eyes.  You can remove your contacts anytime during the day, rinse them with saline, and put them back in your eye. Saline rinse should not be used as eye drops.

The great thing about the OcuFresh eye washes are that they are preservative free and also come in single-use vials. The single-use package design ensures sterile application, which means you avoid the transfer of bacteria from the bottle to the eye. This happens if you would happen to touch the bottle to your eye and then reuse the bottle later.


I have the opportunity to giveaway an OcuFresh prize pack which is loaded with lots of goodies from this company. Included in the prize pack are these great items:

  • OcuFresh Eye Wash
  • Optic Mini-Drops
  • OcuSave Eye Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
  • Eye-Cept Rewetting Drops
  • Eco-Tote Bag
  • Lots of coupons!

Simply enter through Rafflecopter below. This contest runs through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 21, 2012. Entry open to US residents only.

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