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I bought some Bausch & Lamb eye drops (environmental) for dry eyes. When I contacted them to see if they're gluten free, they said they were gluten free and free of wheat, rye and barley. But there was no mention of oats. Does anyone know if they are ok to use?

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I bought some Bausch & Lamb eye drops (environmental) for dry eyes. When I contacted them to see if they're gluten free, they said they were gluten free and free of wheat, rye and barley. But there was no mention of oats. Does anyone know if they are ok to use?

I don't think that oat should be an issue here.

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I can check the ingredients at work, but I truly see no reason for there to be oats, or gluten in eye drops. I use Systane (Alcon) all the time and I also use Refresh (Allergan) and also Pantanol (Alcon)--none contain gluten--no reason for gluten to be in them. Gluten is usually a thickening agent, these are drops, which do not require thickening--so I am very sure you are safe. I work for an optomitrist and see these items all the time.

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I can check the ingredients at work, but I truly see no reason for there to be oats, or gluten in eye drops. I use Systane (Alcon) all the time and I also use Refresh (Allergan) and also Pantanol (Alcon)--none contain gluten--no reason for gluten to be in them. Gluten is usually a thickening agent, these are drops, which do not require thickening--so I am very sure you are safe. I work for an optomitrist and see these items all the time.

Just a note - there can be CORN products in eye care solutions. You'd almost think there would be no reason to have corn in your eye care products, but they've found a reason. I found the following information about what sorbitol is used for, and where it comes from:

Sorbitol (a natural ingredient that attracts moisture) that locks in moisture and helps keep lenses from drying out.

Although small amounts of sorbitol are present is some fruits, the commercial source of sorbitol is the dextrose (glucose) produced from cornstarch.

So, for anyone with corn issues - be on the lookout for this.

Debbie

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