Dry Eye: Eye Care Without Compromise

If you’re expe­ri­enc­ing grit­ty, sore eyes most days, you might be suf­fer­ing from Dry Eye. It’s always best to check with an eye expert to get an offi­cial diag­no­sis. But there are some com­mon signs and symp­toms to look out for. 

Dry Eye Solutions

Using reg­u­lar eye drops can help to bal­ance the quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty of tears in your eyes. We have a range of for­mu­la­tions, free from preser­v­a­tives, designed specif­i­cal­ly to pro­tect and hydrate your eyes.

More Information about Dry Eye

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a condition where the surface of the eye becomes inflamed and sore due to a poor relationship between the tear film and the eyelids. This might be because your eyes are not producing enough tears, or that the chemistry of the tear film is out of balance. The most common cause is chronic inflammation of the eyelids.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of Dry Eye can range from mild to severe, but may include:

  • Gritty, sore eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Eyes that appear slightly red most of the time
  • Watery eyes
  • Being ‘aware’ of your eyes throughout the day
  • Blurry vision that comes and goes as you blink
  • Irritated eyes
  • Feeling like there is something in your eyes (foreign body sensation)
  • Eyes that are easily bothered by smoke, wind, air conditioning
  • Eyes that struggle to wear contact lenses

How Common is Dry Eye?

1 in 5 adults suffer with Dry Eye symptoms every day, and many more will have episodes when they are in certain environments, like air conditioned offices or doing specific activities, such as using a computer for prolonged periods.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Dry Eyes are more common among women, and in older people, but there are many other factors that can increase your likelihood of having signs and symptoms:

  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Computer use (you blink less frequently)
  • Contact lens wear
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Using eye drops that contain preservatives for other conditions such as glaucoma
  • Hormonal changes
  • Being dehydrated
  • Pollution or dry environments
  • Some medications which might be used for high blood pressure, hay fever, contraception, and depression. CAUTION: do not alter or adjust your prescribed medicines without instructions from your doctor. Your doctor or optometrist can advise you about any possible links between the medication you take and dryness symptoms.

How is Dry Eye Managed?

Dry Eye is a chronic condition that needs to be managed regularly, rather than ‘cured’. Just like a chronic skin condition, such as eczema, you need to manage it daily to avoid flare-ups of symptoms.

Making sure the eyelids are healthy, and using the correct lubricant eye drops (also called artificial tears), is key. Your optometrist or pharmacist can recommend a daily regime for you to follow that will reduce symptoms and make your eyes comfortable again.

It is also important to eat a balanced diet that includes Omega - 3 fatty acids (beneficial for the oil-producing glands in the eyelids), and to make sure you stay hydrated all day.

Hyabak® and Thealoz® Duo are ideal for the daily management of Dry Eye. These preservative-free Dry Eye drops can be used as often as required, and are suitable for use with contact lenses.

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