Flurisafe comes in a 6 mL dropper manufactorered by AL-ROSE Enterprises and is composed of Fluorexon disodium with benoxinate. Fluorexon’s heavier molecular weight makes it “safe” for use with soft contact lenses since it won’t permanently dye it yellow like fluorescein will.
If you don’t use Flurisafe, then you should try it out. I’m confident that you and your patients will like it better than fluorescein sodium/numbing drop combinations (benoxinate or proparicaine).
Here are my reasons:
- My patients report less stinging with Flurisafe compaired to FluorBenox and especially proparicaine.
- The mild stinging from Flurisafe seems to have a few seconds delay after installation, so that allows me to get the drop in both eyes easier for the little kids.
- Most older patients report NO stinging with Flurisafe.
- I can use it on any patient and not worry about rinsing it out with eyewash if they happen to want to try soft contact lenses later.
On the downside, it is a little more expensive than FluorBenox, but not significantly more. Also, I turn up my light level a little more using the blue light compared to using a Fluorette or BioGlo Strip; however, Flurisafe still lights up nicely while using a yellow Wratten filter (my slit lamp has one integrated; I just lower a pin.)
I get mine from Wilson/Hilco, but your usual ophthalmic supply company should have it also.
Try it! You’ll like it.
Disclosure: I have to financial interest in any companies or products mentioned above, and to date none of them have ever given me any free stuff.