Eyesaline Eyewash



About Eyesaline Eyewash

  • Preservative-free
  • Phosphate-buffered
  • 1oz single-use bottle (not recappable)

Rebecca's description

This is an eyewash product consisting of buffered preservative-free saline. Any other use of this product constitutes an "off-label" use, meaning you should get your doctor's approval first.

What I'm personally doing with it, and why

I have been using this product to rinse and fill my scleral lenses because I wanted to learn how phosphate-buffered saline compares with borate-buffered saline. (For reference, Purilens Plus and ScleralFil are borate-buffered preservative-free salines. There are no phosphate-buffered salines currently available on the US market.) 

The reason I've been trying this out is twofold:

One, I have heard that a phosphate-buffered preservative-free saline is going to be introduced to the US market in the future, and I wanted to get ahead of the curve and familiarize myself, even though of course potentially this one may not be exactly the same.

Two, I know that there are people who are sensitive or allergic to the specific buffers in Purilens and ScleralFil. At present, their only options are to go with buffer-free saline (which is acidic and can be irritating in its own right) or to use the much more costly preservative free artificial tears such as Celluvisc, or a combination. It would be great if there were a saline with different buffers from them to try, so that they can use a pH balance saline without resorting to the very high cost route. 

Please, if you consider trying this, make sure to talk to your doctor first!  

How it's working for me, so far

I have not noticed any significant difference in "feel" between this saline and Purilens Plus. I have the impression that my eyes are happier for longer with Purilens, but it's only an impression. 

The 1oz size 'bottle' is actually really growing on me. For reference, this bottle is equivalent to 6 Addipaks, 3 ScleralFil, or 25% of a bottle of Purilens Plus. As a matter of fact, the generous size vial been helpful in the process of weaning myself off rinsing with tap water (which is a huge no-no, due to acanthamoeba risk, but I've been slow to adopt the higher standard because of cost and hassle). I like that it's small but that there's plenty for all my extraneous rinsing needs throughout the day.

This container is NOT resealable, by any stretch of the imagination! If you use it throughout the day, you'll need to be very careful to keep it clean and upright.

A note about the whole "off-label" thing

"Off-label use" means using a product for a purpose other than what it's FDA-sanctioned label language states that it is for. Manufacturers cannot advertise off-label uses of their products, however, it is fairly common for doctors to recommend products for some other purpose. In the world of scleral lenses, there's a lot of off-label usage going on. In particular, the inhalation solutions Addipak, Modudose and Mylan are frequently recommended by optometrists for rinsing and filling of scleral lenses, even though they are not labeled for use in the eye at all (and, in fact, are acidic solutions!) because they are cheap and buffer-free. LacriPure is the same type of solution as those, but due to frequent prolonged backorders, the inhalation solutions are the only PF buffer-free salines available, so that's another reason they get recommended.

Manufacturer's description

Drug facts:

Active ingredient: Sterile water 99%-----purpose: eyewash

Uses: For flushing or irrigating the eye to remove loose foreign material, air pollutants, or chlorinated water

Warnings: For external use only-obtain immediate medical treatment for all open wounds in or near the eyes. To avoid contamination, do not touch tip of container to any surface. Do not reuse. Once opened, discard.

Do not use:

  • If solution changes color or gets cloudy
  • With contact lenses
  • If twist-off top is broken or missing
  • If the eye is lacerated or object is embedded
Stop use and consult a doctor if you have:
  • Changes in vision
  • Continued redness, irritation, or pain
  • Or if the condition worsens or persists

Keep out of reach of children:

If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Directions:

  • Remove contacts before using
  • Twist top to remove
  • Flush the affected area as needed
  • Control rate of flow by pressure on the bottle
  • If necessary, continue flushing with emergency eyewash or shower
Inactive ingredients:
Sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic, sodium phosphate monobasic

About Eyesaline Eyewash

  • Preservative-free
  • Phosphate-buffered
  • 1oz single-use bottle (not recappable)

Rebecca's description

This is an eyewash product consisting of buffered preservative-free saline. Any other use of this product constitutes an "off-label" use, meaning you should get your doctor's approval first.

What I'm personally doing with it, and why

I have been using this product to rinse and fill my scleral lenses because I wanted to learn how phosphate-buffered saline compares with borate-buffered saline. (For reference, Purilens Plus and ScleralFil are borate-buffered preservative-free salines. There are no phosphate-buffered salines currently available on the US market.) 

The reason I've been trying this out is twofold:

One, I have heard that a phosphate-buffered preservative-free saline is going to be introduced to the US market in the future, and I wanted to get ahead of the curve and familiarize myself, even though of course potentially this one may not be exactly the same.

Two, I know that there are people who are sensitive or allergic to the specific buffers in Purilens and ScleralFil. At present, their only options are to go with buffer-free saline (which is acidic and can be irritating in its own right) or to use the much more costly preservative free artificial tears such as Celluvisc, or a combination. It would be great if there were a saline with different buffers from them to try, so that they can use a pH balance saline without resorting to the very high cost route. 

Please, if you consider trying this, make sure to talk to your doctor first!  

How it's working for me, so far

I have not noticed any significant difference in "feel" between this saline and Purilens Plus. I have the impression that my eyes are happier for longer with Purilens, but it's only an impression. 

The 1oz size 'bottle' is actually really growing on me. For reference, this bottle is equivalent to 6 Addipaks, 3 ScleralFil, or 25% of a bottle of Purilens Plus. As a matter of fact, the generous size vial been helpful in the process of weaning myself off rinsing with tap water (which is a huge no-no, due to acanthamoeba risk, but I've been slow to adopt the higher standard because of cost and hassle). I like that it's small but that there's plenty for all my extraneous rinsing needs throughout the day.

This container is NOT resealable, by any stretch of the imagination! If you use it throughout the day, you'll need to be very careful to keep it clean and upright.

A note about the whole "off-label" thing

"Off-label use" means using a product for a purpose other than what it's FDA-sanctioned label language states that it is for. Manufacturers cannot advertise off-label uses of their products, however, it is fairly common for doctors to recommend products for some other purpose. In the world of scleral lenses, there's a lot of off-label usage going on. In particular, the inhalation solutions Addipak, Modudose and Mylan are frequently recommended by optometrists for rinsing and filling of scleral lenses, even though they are not labeled for use in the eye at all (and, in fact, are acidic solutions!) because they are cheap and buffer-free. LacriPure is the same type of solution as those, but due to frequent prolonged backorders, the inhalation solutions are the only PF buffer-free salines available, so that's another reason they get recommended.

Manufacturer's description

Drug facts:

Active ingredient: Sterile water 99%-----purpose: eyewash

Uses: For flushing or irrigating the eye to remove loose foreign material, air pollutants, or chlorinated water

Warnings: For external use only-obtain immediate medical treatment for all open wounds in or near the eyes. To avoid contamination, do not touch tip of container to any surface. Do not reuse. Once opened, discard.

Do not use:

  • If solution changes color or gets cloudy
  • With contact lenses
  • If twist-off top is broken or missing
  • If the eye is lacerated or object is embedded
Stop use and consult a doctor if you have:
  • Changes in vision
  • Continued redness, irritation, or pain
  • Or if the condition worsens or persists

Keep out of reach of children:

If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Directions:

  • Remove contacts before using
  • Twist top to remove
  • Flush the affected area as needed
  • Control rate of flow by pressure on the bottle
  • If necessary, continue flushing with emergency eyewash or shower
Inactive ingredients:
Sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic, sodium phosphate monobasic