Dry eyes? Follow these recommendations

It’s quick to take tears for granted before they cease to function. Tears not only lubricate and comfort the eyes, but they also preserve vision clarity, provide oxygen to the cornea, flush away debris, facilitate healing, and contain antibacterial agents. And, as it turns out, tears are more complex than they seem. A system of glands and ducts produces a three-layer film that extends uniformly over the eyes and limits evaporation—an oily outer layer, a watery middle layer, and a mucus covering over the cornea.
Dry eye happens when the eye does not produce enough tears or when the tears are of poor quality and evaporate too easily. Dry eyes can make certain tasks more difficult, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, and it can make certain situations unpleasant, such as the air inside an airplane. But can I prevent dry eyes? The answer is: Definitely YES! Here are some strategies to help you keep your eyes moisturized:
1. Rehydrate by drinking plenty of water.

2. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as Salmon.

3. Avoid air blowing in your eyes.

4. In winter, use a humidifier to add moisture to dry indoor air.

5. Wear wraparound sunglasses or other protective eyewear.

6. Take eye breaks during long tasks.

7. Frequently close your eyes for a few minutes in dry environments.

8. Position your computer screen below eye level.

9. Stop smoking and avoid smoke.

10. Use artificial tears regularly.

Products to prevent eye dryness

Artelac Complete MDO

Eye lubricant that supports all three layers of tear film. Free of preservatives and buffers.

I Care Cleansing Eye Wash

I Care Cleansing Eye Wash gently cleanses and soothes tired and gritty eyes, leaving them cleansed and refreshed.iCare Cleansing Eye Wash is contact lens friendly and is supplied with an eye bath for convenience. It can be used as often as required.

Optiserum Sterile Eyewash

Optiserum is a sterile solution in single-dose of 5ml, perfectly suited to the eye hygiene.

Hylo-Gel

Hylo-Gel eye drops are used to relieve dry eye symptoms. Preservative free.

Optive Fusion

Optive Fusion eye drops contain a unique formula for instant relief, superior comfort and sustained protection from dry eye symptoms.

Resources

Mayo Clinic. “Dry eyes”. Accessed May 3, 2021.

American Optometric Association. “Dry eye”. Accessed May 3, 2021.

National Eye Institute. “Dry eye”. Accessed May 3, 2021.