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Red Alert: What you need to know about redness relievers, including Lumify

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  • Red Alert: What you need to know about redness relievers, including Lumify

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    Did you know that redness reliever eye drops can cause both short term and long term harm to your eyes?

    Did you know that even the new product called Lumify, which is being touted as particularly safe and user-friendly, has a toxic preservative known to cause damage to the eye when used daily? It is a fast-acting drop, without the same kind of rebound redness factor some of the worst offenders have, and these things make a it terribly attractive product. But... instant gratification comes at a cost.

    Get the full scoop on my blog post. And please, share it with your friends and loved ones.
    Rebecca Petris
    The Dry Eye Zone

  • #2
    Great info!! Any thoughts on the safety of using Alphagan-P off label to remove redness, as one other forum member suggested? Of course this requires a prescription and would not be as convenient as a PF OTC version...


    • Rebecca Petris
      Rebecca Petris commented
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      Wow, what a great question... isn't it ridiculous that we would even have to think of these things just to dodge the BAK?

      I have no idea of the answer. Alphagan-P is four times the concentration of brimonidine tartrate that Lumify is, but the Alphagan P dosage is every 8 hours. I'll put some feelers out.

      We really need to find ways to put the pressure on these manufacturers to make us PF products.

  • #3
    Thanks, Rebecca! Very curious to learn what you find out about this option. I believe the forum user said that Alphagan-P has to be diluted with saline for this to work because the concentration is so strong.

    I agree we need to put pressure on manufacturers to make a PF Lumify and PF products in general. How can I help? Let me know if there's a number to dial.


    • #4
      Here's what's odd, because BAK gets brought up a lot, for good reason. I know medical professionals, dry eye specialists, that would prescribe a preserved drop for a few months. When I asked why, they both said, the BAK isn't exposed to the eye long enough to cause any permenant damage. However, when I read the TFOS DEWS recommendations...they specifically state the BAK causes damage in as little as 2 weeks at concentrations as low as .004%. How is there such a disconnect? My only thought is, this is what the doctor has readily avalable and it's relatively cheap (vs compounding). My doc said if we used lotoprednol long term, he would have it compounded for me preservative free. so he's aware of the dangers yet not as sensitive to them as we are. I wish I could just ask him that question without fear of offending him. This is such a tough situation to be in.

      Thanks for posting all these this month, was nice to read the stories.