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Irritated my eyes, though lubrication was good
on December 15, 2014
In addition to this nighttime ointment, I've used both the daytime Systane Ultra (individual vials and bottle) as well as the night-time extra lubricant version. This Systane Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment was my least favorite of all of them because it caused my eyes to get red and irritated. It's almost like it was so moisturizing that it clogged up my tear ducts.
My main goal was to find an eye drop that works (stops my eyes from drying out so fast and hurting) and that does not have preservatives (because I use the drops often, I want to stay as natural with the drops as possible). This ointment did not work. The "pink" version of it was much better and did not cause any eye irritation, but unfortunately it has preservatives. In general, I am satisfied with the Systane brand, but if anyone has suggestions, would be open to trying a new brand.
Also, in case it can help you, here is a tidbit from my eye doctor: one of the things that dries out eyes most is fans. If you have your fans on in the summer while you sleep, you can significantly reduce eye irritation during the day by turning the fan off. Apparently we don't sleep with our eyes completely closed (there is a small gap) and the circulating air dries the eyes.