Lumify Eye Drops for Red Eyes
You've heard us preach about avoiding redness reliever eye drops such as Visine, Clear Eyes, and the like. Maybe you've even changed your habits and you're using a safer eye drop to help with your dry eyes and redness. I've got good news! Lumify (brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution 0.025%) is the newest redness reliever eye drop on the market, released by Bausch + Lomb in mid-2018. This over-the-counter medication is meant to relieve redness from minor eye irritations and leave your eyes brighter and whiter without the use of bleach or dyes. This drop begins working quickly, within 60 seconds, and can last up to eight hours.
Interestingly, brimonidine has been used for years to treat glaucoma. Lumify came to be because it was noticed that when glaucoma patients used their brimonidine, their eyes appeared whiter than before. Lumify contains a small concentration of this medication, which does the trick to relieve eye redness. In studies, Lumify demostrated improvement in 95% of people within one minute. However, this is not a dry eye treatment! Lumify should never be used as your dry eye drop of choice because it contains benzalkonium chloride (BAK) as a preservative. This preservative can be irritating for some people with dry eyes, and it can actually make their condition more bothersome.
Like stated earlier, Lumify selectively targets redness, which allows it to alleviate the condition without some of the side effects noticed with other redness reliever eye drops. The company states it can be used up to four times per day, although we recommend using it only as needed, and no more than once per day. The reason for this is due to the BAK, which may be irritating for some people. The main point we want to stress with this medication is that it is not a dry eye treatment. This will not help relieve your dry eye symptoms, and it may actually make them worse. Keep this in mind!
Another thing to note, and something that makes us slightly nervous as eye doctors, is that eye redness can be caused by so many issues. It can be caused by dry eyes, but it can also be due to serious contact lens overwear, bacterial infections, corneal ulcers, or abrasions. Our number one tip is that, if you have a red eye of any kind, you should have it looked at by your eye doctor before using any medications. We wouldn't want someone to cover up their redness, thinking this drop is working, when they've got a serious eye issue going on.