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Ken DauSchmidtBy Ken DauSchmidt
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Ken DauSchmidtBy Ken DauSchmidt
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The Problem 

The digital age is taking a toll on our eyes. You may have experienced this with your eyes feeling fatigued or your vision becoming blurred after spending all day looking at a screen. In fact, the average American spends more than ten hours a day staring at a screen, resulting in millions of people exhibiting these irritations. 

Blue light filters can help but they are only a part of the solution. A person's blink rate decreases by 500% while staring at a screen! This lack of blinking results in increased tear evaporation and less expression of the oil glands within the eyelids. Excessive tear evaporation affects millions of Americans and manifests itself as blurred vision, irritation, and eye fatigue.  

Current available solutions for excessive tear evaporation unfortunately are based on ineffective warm/cold washcloths and microwavable gels.These products result in poor heat retention and are cumbersome to use. No one wants to close their eyes for ten minutes in the middle of the day, especially when your phone is buzzing. Thankfully, TearRestore can help.

The Solution

TearRestore's solution is a reusable instant heat pack which is effective and convenient!

Effective: 

Warm Compress: Our product functions to warm the oil glands in the upper and lower eyelids, resulting in more oil within the tears and thus less evaporation. We have specifically designed our product to produce safe and effective heat during every use. Once activated, the fluid within our heat pack transforms from a liquid into a solid, giving off the same amount of heat every activation.

Cold Compress: TearRestore packs are great at decreasing inflammation as a cold compress. Simply place the packs in the refrigerator and use them whenever your lids are inflamed or while getting dressed for a night out. 

Convenient:

Our product is designed to minimally hinder the user's daily routine! Warm compresses are most effective when used regularly, but few people have time to lay with a warm mask over their eyes everyday. Our team has worked extensively to design TearRestore to minimally hinder the user's vision throughout treatment while still effectively heating the eyelids. With TearRestore, you can make a cup-o-joe in the morning or read a book in the evening while treating your eyes!

TearRestore's heat packs are reusable and versatile. Once activated, our packs turn from a liquid to a solid while giving off precise heat. Next, simply boil the packs for five minutes and they will return to a liquid form, ready for another treatment anytime, anywhere. This characteristic make TearRestore great for travel. 

Origin

TearRestore started when an Ophthalmic tech noticed an issue with how eye fatigue sufferers relieved their symptoms and thought there had to be a better solution. When he couldn't find anything, he decided to team up with an engineer and make something better! With additional backing by the National Science Foundation I-Corps program, a prototype was developed and TearRestore was confirmed as the ideal solution for eye fatigue sufferers.

Our heat packs are manufactured in California and are ready to scale, however our masks are currently being 3D printed on an individual basis. In order to offer our product to the millions of eye fatigue sufferers across the world, we need your support to purchase the required tooling for our masks. Join us in creating the most convenient and effective eye fatigue therapy!

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Risks and challenges

TearRestore's design is complete! We have established heat pack production with a California manufacturer, however all of our masks are currently 3D printed. Our funds will go to purchasing injection molding tooling from an identified Minnesota manufacturer. Additionally, funds will be used to establish an efficient supply chain to get product to customers as fast as possible.

We make no claims to treat any medical condition, however we plan to partner with clinicians to evaluate the efficacy of our product. We want to help as many people as possible with their eye irritation and will utilize every avenue to do so.

Disclaimer: Content on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition, nor substitute for advice given by a licensed healthcare professional. You should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.

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    - TearRestore Mask + 2 Heat Packs ($80 Value)
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    - 2 Custom Masks
    - 3D printed masks designed for your eyes!
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