SleepTite/SleepRite daily disposable device.

A new option may offer an alternative to conventional ointments for treating patients with dry eye disease (DED) who experience nighttime lid closure issues. As the first product from start-up company Ophthalmic Resources Partners, the SleepTite/SleepRite works by allowing eyelids to remain sealed shut during sleep to protect the cornea and conjunctiva from exposure to fluids, airborne contaminants and excessive drying, resulting in a reduction of DED and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) symptoms, say the product’s developers. They also note that reducing oxidative stress by eliminating overnight exposure improves efficacy of topical and procedural treatments as well.

SleepTite/SleepRite has a porous and latex-free design and will be available for patients with both regular and sensitive skin types in boxes of 30, a company press release explains. The daily disposable devices feature a non-irritating adhesive designed to stay in place all night and not pull on lashes or skin, and a tab on the outer edge also makes for easy removal in the morning, the release explains. Though the devices are made to be put over the eyelids each night, patients who wish to alternate every other night will still see clinical improvement, the company says.

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