A safe drive requires our full attention. Use of sight, hearing and complete awareness of what you’re controlling, and what’s going on around you, are at a constant. As such, symptoms of dry eye such as itchiness, irritation and excess tears can all become a larger issue when you need to set your sights on the road. When symptoms occur, there are a few things you can do to reduce their effects. In this article we’ll take a look at some things you can do to help reduce dry eye symptoms, and help with those tired eyes before carrying on your journey.
Turn down the Air Con
Air conditioning is a common environmental cause for dry eyes. If directed at your face, it can disrupt the lipid layer of the tear film on the eye, which forms a protective barrier between the air and the aqueous layer that lies underneath it. Once the lipid layer is disrupted, excess moisture can be lost from the aqueous layer, which results in feelings of dryness. As such, keeping the air conditioning on low, and directed away from your face, can help you avoid dry eyes and suffering from the associated symptoms.
Bright sunlight can also have a drying effect on your eyes. In bright conditions, wearing sunglasses will also prevent your eyes from UV rays, which can damage sensitive cells within the eyes. When looking for sunglasses, look for:
- a UV 400 label
- a statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection
Not only helpful for eyes, but keeping hydrated with a bottle of water could help maintain your concentration when driving.*
Take a Break
Take a break every couple of hours – the Department of Transport recommends about 15 minutes break every 2 hours and make sure you don’t start a long trip if you’re already tired. This can help your eyes rest, and also help to give you time to mentally recover your concentration.
Time your Drive
With common sleep patterns usually between 10pm to 6am, driving between these times can potentially add to your fatigue, particularly if you haven’t had sufficient sleep the night before. Judge how long your trip will take, and aim to drive during the day to help avoid or minimise feelings of tiredness, and potentially dry eyes too.
Refresh your Eyes
Actimist™ 2in1 Tired + Uncomfortable Eye Spray** can help relieve tired, uncomfortable eyes. It’s easy to apply, but make sure you stop over before you do. During your break, simply take off the cap and spray over each closed eye one to two times. Actimist 2in1 Tired + Uncomfortable Eye Spray can provide relief for up to four hours.
** Tired eyes due to disturbed lipid layer of the tear film, approx., 80% of dry eye cases.
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