Avenova With Neutrox Is “Breakthrough” in Fight Against Contact Lens Intolerance

By Dr. Eric Donnenfeld,

Contact lenses are a wonderful invention. They enable people to see better, to shed cumbersome eyeglass, and feel better about how they look.

But contact lenses can also cause inflammation, pain and dry eyes. More than fifteen percent of people suffer from a problem called contact lens intolerance, where discomfort and dryness is so great they have to give up their lenses.

Moreover, contact lenses can also cause dangerous eye infections. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control warns that 20 percent of infections linked to wearing contact lenses led to serious eye damage.

Many of my own patients are upset and frustrated because they can no longer wear contact lenses.

Fortunately, I can help them, thanks to several new approaches, including an innovative new eyelid cleanser called Avenova.

The most common cause of contact lens intolerance is dry eye, which occurs when the eye doesn’t have a sufficient film of protective tears. That problem, in turn, is caused or exacerbated by bacteria and tiny parasitic mites that live on the eyelids. The microbes not only irritate sensitive eye tissue, causing pain and inflammation (and sometimes, serious eye infections), they also make enzymes that break down a crucial oil layer that protects the tear film.

But we can now successfully tackle these problems. A new device called LipiFlow applies heat and controlled pressure to the inner eyelid, unblocking the glands that produce the crucial oil. Another device, named BlephEx, deep cleans the lid margins with a disposable sponge.

In addition, I’ve had great results with Avenova® with Neutrox from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals.   This has become first line therapy. Avenova uses a formulation of pure hypochlorous acid (named Neutrox) to remove the bacteria and mites, reducing chances of infections. It also inactivates the bacterial enzymes, helping to stabilize the tear film and improve comfort. So far, every single one of my patients suffering from contact lens intolerance or other chronic eye conditions has been helped by simple twice-daily wipes with Avenova. It truly is a breakthrough.


ericdonnenfeldmdA leader and innovator in eye care, Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist, clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU and past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery




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