Allergan announced the launch of a new over-the-counter artificial tear formulation, Refresh Repair Lubricant Eye Drops. The first and only artificial tear in the U.S. formulated with carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), hyaluronic acid (HA, an inactive ingredient), and osmoprotectants, Refresh Repair is the latest addition to the Refresh portfolio. Refresh Repair tears are designed to repair and protect the eyes from the harmful effects of dry eye and improve clarity of vision.
“Our new Refresh artificial tear, Refresh Repair, offers eye doctors an additional option to tailor therapy to the specific needs of their patients. Refresh Repair provides improved comfort for patients with dry eye and unique osmoprotective benefits that safeguard the health of epithelial cells against hyperosmotic stress,” Jag Dosanjh, Senior Vice President, Allergan US Eye Care, said in a company news release.
In clinical studies, Refresh Repair was shown to improve signs and symptoms of dry eye and improve visual performance in dry eye patients, with low incidence of side effects such as blur and stickiness during blinking.
“As dry eye science has gotten more sophisticated over the past decade, we have come to appreciate the conditions necessary for a healthy ocular surface, which Refresh Repair is designed to support,” Marc Bloomenstein, OD, said in the news release. “With Refresh Repair, I can recommend a brand I trust, knowing that my patients will get the benefit of a formulation that helps promote healing of ocular surface cells so the ocular surface can function properly.”