we just received professional samples of Lacrisert. its not super new, but I have to admit that I've never Rx'd it.
Lacrisert is conjunctival insert for treatment & relief of Dry Eye Syndrome. most dry eye sufferers start with artificial tears & do okay. but for some of them the artificial tears aren't enough...they're still dry & they have to administer artificial tears every hour, which is inconvenient.
for others they become sensitive to the preservatives in some artificial tear products & have a red-eye reaction, which defeats the purpose of a soothing, lubricating eye drop.
other treatments for dry eye include punctal plugs, which I never have been a huge fan of, and prescription Restasis eyedrops, which sting & don't always provide relief. both of those treatments really only work in "aqueous deficient" dry eye cases where tear production is low, but neither of them works well in "evaporative" dry eye where the tear film evaporates quickly.
Lacrisert is basically a slow-release artifical tear insert. you put the tiny insert into your lower conjunctival sac & it slowly dissolves over the course of a day, eliminating the need for any eyedrop insertion, prescription or otherwise. it also works for both aqueous deficient & evaporative dry eye. its preservative-free which prevents secondary reactions of redness & discomfort.
we got our samples yesterday & I plan on trying it out soon! I'll let you know how it goes!