New lubricant eye drop launched

November 3, 2010

A new lubricant eye drop (Systane Balance, Alcon Laboratories) has been launched for patients with meibomian gland dysfunction.

Huenenberg, Switzerland-A new lubricant eye drop (Systane Balance, Alcon Laboratories) has been launched for patients with meibomian gland dysfunction.

The drop contains hydroxypropyl guar, borate, sorbitol, propylene glycol, and a proprietary emulsion technology (LipiTech System, Alcon) of mineral oil and an anionic phospholipid. It is available without a prescription at retailers in the United States and will be available in Latin America later this year.

“Meibomian gland dysfunction is a significant cause of dry eye symptoms and now patients who suffer from dry eye associated with meibomian gland dysfunction can use [the new drop] to restore their lipid layer, re-establish their natural tear film, and maintain their tear film stability,” said Sabri Markabi, MD, Alcon’s chief medical officer and senior vice president of research and development.