How to keep Dry Eyes at Bay
When there are so many different factors that could cause dry eyes, it’s often hard to know specifically why it has happened, or how to stop the sensation. Many simply put up with it, without knowing that help can only be a drop, or spray, away.
Dry eyes can be a real nuisance, but with the right know-how you can help keep them at bay.
A Quick Guide to Causes
So you could already be familiar with some causes of dry eyes, but some you may not even know you’re affected by. Here’s a list of the most common causes of dry eyes:
- Aging – With age, fewer tears are produced. Hormonal changes during the menopause can also lead to more frequent dry eyes in women.
- Screen use – Staring at screens for a long period of time can lead to dry eyes, since we blink less, reducing the spread of tears across the eyes. So, it is recommended that you take a few blinks, or look away from the screen every five minutes to help.
- Medication – Certain medications (e.g. the pill and antihistamines) can be a cause of dry eyes as a side effect.
- Environment – Hot air, wind (especially in more polluted areas) and the sun can have a drying effect.
- Contact lenses - Over 75% of contact lens wearers suffer from dry eyes at some point
The tear film, on the surface of the eye, is made up of three layers.
If the outer lipid layer is disturbed (or there is simply not enough of tear film) moisture can be lost, from the aqueous layer beneath.
This can result in a feeling of dryness or grittiness and Optrex Actimist can help to relieve dry eyes.
The Optrex range, includes Rehydrating Eye Drops, and Optrex Actimist*. Each provides you with a choice of application.
For instance, Actimist has been formulated to be sprayed onto closed eyes, while eye drops are applied with the eyes open. Reassuringly however, both Optrex Actimist and eye drops may be used safely with contact lenses, since they have no known effect on the lenses themselves.
We also recommend consulting your GP about dry eyes if you think you may be suffering from symptoms induced by a medication. Finally, make sure you reduce screen use, and in bright conditions always try to wear sunglasses.
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* Dry & irritated eyes due to disturbed lipid layer of the tear film causes approx. 80% of dry eye cases