Bausch + Lomb announced the introduction of Soothe Xtra Protection (XP) Preservative Free lubricant eye drops.
“Soothe XP Preservative Free provides a new eye drop option for the increasing number of people suffering from dry eye symptoms who are looking for a preservative-free formula,” Joseph Gordon, president, Consumer Healthcare and Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb, said in a company news release. “We are committed to delivering advancements that directly address the needs of consumers and building upon the established benefits of Soothe XP.”
Up to 86% of dry eye cases are caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a condition that compromises the lipid layer in the eye and affects the eye’s ability to produce oils that coat natural tears. Only Soothe XP eye drops use a unique combination of Restoryl mineral oils as active ingredients, which work to restore the lipid layer, seal in moisture, and protect against further irritation, according to Bausch + Lomb.
“Many patients who take eye drops to alleviate their dry eye symptoms may not be addressing a major cause of their condition, which can result in continued discomfort,” said Paul Karpecki, O.D., FAAO, director of Corneal Services at Kentucky Eye Institute. “Soothe XP helps restore the essential lipid layer of the eye, helping to address the main cause of dry eye. Now, with the preservative free Soothe XP formula, patients who suffer from chronic dry eye and frequently use moisturizing eye drops have a new option to help relieve their dry eye symptoms.”
Soothe XP Preservative Free eye drops will be available at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Meijer, by the end of June, and have a suggested retail price of $13.99.