In a recent press release, the manufacturer, Théa Pharma, Inc., announced the availability of iVIZIA, a line of OTC eye care products, in the U.S. The iVIZIA OTC product line includes lubricating eye drops, lubricating eye gel, and three options for daily hygiene of sensitive eyelids.

iVIZIA eye drops deliver preservative-free extended relief and ocular surface protection to patients with any type of dry eye, including those who wear contact lenses. The eye drops are delivered in a patented multidose bottle developed by Théa that protects against contamination, while reliably dispensing only one dose-calibrated drop at a time to prevent the nuisance and waste caused by the streaming of drops experienced with other multidose bottles.

For severe dry eyes, iVIZIA lubricant eye gel is also available in preservative-free, single-use vials. Other than the inclusion of povidone, iVIZIA lubricant eye drops are the same formulation as Thealoz Duo, the number one prescribed dry eye drop in Europe.

Both eye care professionals and their patients in the U.S. will also gain access to three eyelid hygiene formulas that have become trusted global products. These products gently remove oils and makeup from dry, irritated, sensitive eyelids: iVIZIA Eyelid Cleansing Wipes, iVIZIA Micellar Eyelid Cleanser, and iVIZIA Eyelid Cleansing Gel. All three products are benzalkonium chloride—free with no rinsing necessary after use.

Susan Benton, general manager and head of the U.S. Théa, stated, "We are thrilled to collaborate with Similasan to bring eye care professionals throughout the United States a portfolio of new options for patients who need comprehensive dry-eye or lid relief—without preservatives that can cause harm to the ocular surface. As a driving global force committed to advancing preservative-free treatments in eye care over the past 28 years, Théa is wholeheartedly embracing this latest opportunity to improve the quality of life for patients across the spectrum of eye care through these innovative product offerings."

iVIZIA eye drops provide extended dryness relief by combining proven ingredients to target every point of the vicious circle of dry eye. Povidone is the active ingredient used to enhance viscosity and provide moisturizing and lubricating properties. Trehalose is a disaccharide that provides ocular bioprotection, osmoprotection, and rehydration. Hyaluronic acid is a component of tear film with the ability to lubricate and that can bind 1,000 times more water than its weight.

Clinical studies have shown that the combination of 3% trehalose and 0.15% hyaluronic acid found in both dry-eye products increased tear thickness to 240 minutes from one application—six times longer than hyaluronic acid alone—and provided a majority of patients with greater improvement in scores on the Ocular Surface Disease Index compared with hyaluronic acid alone. Clinical studies also revealed that the combination decreased ocular surface inflammation and relieved symptoms including blurred vision, stinging, and itching.

The iVIZIA brand is being distributed by the Colorado-based Similasan Corporation. Both companies had previously formed a partnership whereby Théa has recently become the majority owner. The iVIZIA line is now available through Amazon and CVS and will reach the shelves of over 26,000 retail stores by July.

Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO from Bowling Green, Ohio, stated, "As an early adopter of the iVIZIA product line, I've recommended the lubricant eye drops to my patients who have dry eye disease or are experiencing dryness and discomfort as they heal from surgery, and have received exceptional feedback and noted remarkable clinical improvements in those using iVIZIA. I like the fact that it is formulated to target every point of the vicious dry-eye circle. The preservative- free multidose bottle that is easy to use provides a great option for patients."

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