Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Nov. 09, 2016
Document And Entity Information    
Entity Registrant Name Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001367083  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --03-31  
Is Entity a Well-known Seasoned Issuer? No  
Is Entity a Voluntary Filer? No  
Is Entity's Reporting Status Current? Yes  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   4,212,431
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017