Summer self-care products help keep eyes bright and ears sharp

July 15, 2011

Outdoor sports, a day at the beach, backyard sunbathing, and gardening all can leave eyes exposed to a steady onslaught of dust, wind, sand, pollution and the sun's rays. For first aid and maintenance, new products offer relief.

Key Points

Outdoor sports, a day at the beach, backyard sunbathing, and gardening all can leave eyes exposed to a steady onslaught of dust, wind, sand, pollution, and the sun's rays. For first aid and maintenance, the following are among the latest products to offer relief.

Eye care: Optique 1

Packaged in sterile individual doses rather than in a container intended for multiple uses, its hygienic application guards against contamination and eliminates the need for a preservative ingredient. The premeasured amount comes in convenient and portable packaging and can be stored at room temperature.

Clear Eyes

Ear care

The CDC Division of News reported in May that each year, an estimated 2.4 million U.S. healthcare visits result in a diagnosis of swimmer's ear, costing nearly half a billion dollars annually. Swimmer's ear occurs in all age groups (particularly among children who are 5 to 14 years of age) and peaks in summer months. Although commonly the result of swimming, germs found in bath water can also enter the ear canal and multiply, causing the painful condition.

ClearEars

Earsoothe

Cirrus recently launched 2 other new ear products: EarSoothe and Tinnitex. EarSoothe relieves ear discomfort and pain without the use of eardrops. This soft silicone earplug is infused with menthol ingredients, which release slowly into the ear, soothing any soreness. This product contains no potentially damaging alcohol, and while appropriate for all ages, may be especially easier than drops for use with children. A box contains 3 pairs plus a carrying case.