Rebecca's Dry Eye Bedtime Favorites (Luxury Version)
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- Optase Protect
- Optase TTO Eyelid Cleansing Wipes
- OcuTherm Essentials
- Freshkote (PF bottle)
- Oasis Tears Plus (PF bottle)
- Tranquileyes XL (Sky blue goggle)
My bedtime favorites, explained
These are my current top favorite products. It's a lot, and I do not use all of these things every day! But these are the things I reach for the most.
Here's why, and how I use them. And yes, in this order... approximately.
This is my favorite hypochlorous cleanser. It's generously sized and reasonably priced. I know that Avenova is supposed to be the 'purest' one, and the knockoffs (there are many!) such as Hypochor mostly tend to have an ever so slightly bleachy smell which sometimes bothers me. But I seem to get along with this one great.
Hypochlorous makes my lids feel very clean. I tend to use it just after taking out my sclerals. (And, incidentally, in the morning before I put them in.)
On the other hand, it's not the gentlest thing in the world, and when my lids are more sore and tired feeling, I prefer a wipe. Hence the next item.
This is my stand-in on a non-hypochlorous day. These Optase wipes are quite soft and feel like just the right amount of moisture. I say that because for the past couple of years I had been using the iMed Pharma - previously Oasis brand - 'slimy' wipes that come in a jar. They're great! But I had been using the tea tree one for a long time and I came to a point of feeling like it was irritating my eyes a bit, at least on bad days. I feel like a lot of it gets in my eyes, not just my lids.
So I tried Optase, and I found that the tea tree oil seems to be quite a mild, non-irritating concentration. Optase wipes are generously sized and, like I said, soft. There are not very many lid wipes that I like the sensation of, and this one of them.
This is a wonderfully designed product and my top favorite warm compress of all time. You'll have to read my description to learn why.
When it's late and I'm tired, I can't always motivate myself to get OcuTherm ready, but when I do, it feels so good for so long that I always end up saying to myself that I need to use it more often.
I know it's more commonly advised to do a heat pack and then do cleansing, but... when I use Ocutherm, honestly, I'm way too comfortable and sleepy afterwards and can't be bothered, so I clean my lids first. (As a matter of fact, sometimes I go to sleep with Ocutherm on - not generally advised - because it makes me feel like my lids are well sealed, without using tape.)
Nostalgic sigh. I've known this drop since way way way back when, when it was called APL-105 (or, best of all, the fourth of Dr. Holly's Drops) and was made in a compounding pharmacy. It's changed a bit over the years, but it's still the best darned OTC drop on the market, in my personal opinion.
I always opt for the preservative free bottle even though it's also available in single use vials. Lasts longer, and less plastic.
Second prize (grin). Oasis Tears Plus is an excellent product and justly popular in the severe dry eye crowd. While not cheap, it's a lot cheaper than Freshkote, so I keep a bottle of this around too. I tend to use it in the evening after taking out my sclerals but before bed (so as to conserve Freshkote) but if I'm having a good eye day, I use it at bedtime too.
You might notice that I do not have an eye ointment amongst my favorites. Can't stand that greasy stuff. Honestly, for me, Freshkote lasts longer and with less irritation, but for best protection, I rely heavily on the combination of lid care plus drops plus physical barrier protection (Tranquileyes or one of the other goggles).
This is my favorite thing to use overnight when I've had a 'hard eye day', my lids are sore and my eyes feel super gritty.
I soak the pads in cold water and put them in but I let them stick out a bit so they'll press lightly on my lids. It's very soothing. If I don't fall asleep quickly, I sometimes get up and soak the pads again.
It doesn't always stay on all night, because I tend to rotate from my back to my side while sleeping, but I like it anyway. Beware - IT'S LARGE. The manufacturer promotes it for moist compresses rather than overnight, but personally I like it overnight and I think that for those of us with larger faces or even just larger orbits, it's a great product. I like how the larger size of the foam pads distributes across a wider area - that way there is no pressure on the lids at all.
Once you've got Tranquileyes (either size) there's lots of add-ons you can get - like the ThermoEyes Instant or Bead inserts for hot or cold, and the eye mists. I don't use any of those personally, but I know they are all well liked.