December 1st, 2020

// Alcon Canada to launch a professional line of Systane Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free

Alcon Canada to launch a professional line of Systane Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free

Featuring a preservative-free formula with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and HP-Guar, which:

  • Provides 2X greater cell hydration and protection vs. HA alone.*1
  • Significantly improves the rate of corneal healing and restoration of damaged cells vs. HA alone.**2
  • Is recommended for patients with moderate or chronic dry eye disease or suffering from post-surgery dryness who want long-lasting relief.3,4
  • Is in multi-dose bottle and scheduled to launch December 1, 2020, in Canada, at select Eye Care Professional practices.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 1, 2020 /CNW/ - Alcon, the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, today announced the Canadian launch of the newest addition to its innovative portfolio of dry eye products – a professional line of SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free. These new eye drops contain both Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and HP-Guar, a powerful combination of ingredients shown to offer long-lasting dry eye relief for those suffering from moderate or chronic dry eye.  Patients suffering from dry eye symptoms after LASIK or cataract surgery can also benefit.4 The dual-polymer formula provides 2X greater cell hydration and protection vs. hyaluronic acid (HA) alone*1

"At Alcon, we know the importance of meeting the needs of consumers who are frustrated by chronic dry eye problems. Today, we're expanding our portfolio of products with the addition of SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free," said Chris Van Dyk, Country Business Head, Alcon Vision Care. "There are patients who are constantly afflicted by dry eye; it can distract them from morning to night and significantly impact their daily activities. Now, these sufferers can get long-lasting relief that allows them to focus on their lives, not their dry eye."

SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free will launch with patented PureFlow® Technology, a multi-dose closing tip bottle system that features a one-way valve to ensure that no contaminated liquid is re-introduced into the container after a drop has been dispensed. This bottle technology eliminates the need for preservatives in the eye drops.

Since 2004, Systane® has been tested in more than 50 clinical studies, which provides eye care professionals the confidence of knowing they are recommending a family of clinically proven formulas.5 Moreover, patients will enjoy both ease of use and long-lasting, preservative-free symptom relief.4 SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free are also safe for use rewetting all silicone hydrogel and soft contact lenses.6

"SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free have become my preferred choice to promote corneal healing and help to significantly improve symptoms in my dry eye patients,2,4" said Judy Parks, O.D. at the Ancaster Eye Clinic. "With the clinically proven dual-polymer formula of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) plus HP-Guar in a preservative-free formulation, more of my patients can enjoy powerful protection and relief.4"

The commercial availability of SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free begins December 1, 2020.  This product will be available in select Professional Eye Care clinics.

Important Information for the Systane Family of Products

Systane® Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free have been clinically proven to reduce the symptoms of dry eye, providing, long-lasting protection and comfort.4 Both SystaneTM Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free and Systane® Ultra HYDRATION Lubricant Eye Drops give long-lasting relief of dry eye symptoms for moderate or chronic sufferers, as well as patients who are suffering from dry eye symptoms after cornea surgery.4 SystaneTM COMPLETE is an all-in-one formula that is clinically shown to provide instant and 8-hour relief for all types of dry eye.10  Systane® GEL DROPS are indicated for patients who suffer from severe dry eye and need night-time relief from their symptoms.7

Systane® LID WIPES provides complementary care for everyday eyelid hygiene with pre-moistened wipes for easy, on-the-go application.  SYSTANE® OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTS help support proper tear function in persons with dry eye disesase8,9

About Alcon

Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning more than seven decades, we offer the broadest portfolio of products that improve people's lives by helping them to see better. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 20,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care. Learn more at You can also connect with us on Instagram and Facebook

*In vitro study 
**Study conducted in mice 


1.Rangarajan R, Kraybill B, Ogundele A, Ketelson H. Effects of a Hyaluronic Acid/Hydroxypropyl Guar Artificial Tear Solution on Protection, Recovery, and Lubricity in Models of Corneal Epithelium. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2015;31(8):491-497.
2.Ogundele A, Kao W, Carlson E. Impact of Hyaluronic Acid Containing Artificial Tear Products on Re-epithelialization in an In Vivo Corneal Wound Model. Poster presented at: 8th International Conference on the Tear Film & Ocular Surface; September 7-10, 2016; Montpellier, France.
3.Davidson R, Schultz-Scott B. Efficacy Evaluation of SYSTANE® ULTRA in Patients with dry Eye Undergoing Cataract Surgery.  Poster Presented at: 30th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons: September 8-12, 2012, Milan, Italy
4.Mrukwa-Kominek E, Baranska K, Jadczyk K.  First clinical reports on the application of the modern dual-polymer formula in aqueius deficiency dry eye syndrome: Polish observations.  Poster presented at: 20th European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons Winter Meeting; February 26-28, 2016; Athens, Greece
5.Based on clinical trials analysis for Systane vs. competition using information sources from; Alcon data on file, 2019.
6.Alcon data on file, 2014. 
7.Christensen M, Martin A, Meadows D. An evaluation of the efficacy and patient acceptance of a new lubricant eye gel. The American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting; 2011; E-Abstract 115013.
8.Roncone M, Bartlett H, Eperjesi F. Essential fatty acids for dry eye: A review. Cont Lens   Anterior Eye. 2010;33(2):49-54.
9.Giannaccare et al. E.cacy of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for Treatment of dry Eye Disease: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. Cornea. 2019 May;38(5):565-573.
10.Guillon M, Patel K, Gupta R, Srinivasan S. Sustained symptom relief following a single dose of PG/HPG-nanoemulsion in patients with dry eye disease. Poster presented the American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting. October 23-26, 2019, Orlando FL.

SOURCE Alcon Canada


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