Dry eyes can be a pain – literally.

Unfortunately, it’s quite a common occurrence that about 1 in 3 of the general population suffers from¹. It’s especially prevalent amongst three groups of people – contact lens wearers, people who work long  hours and people aged 30 and above.

Amongst contact lens wearers, the contact lenses essentially rely on our eyes to produce tears that hydrate the contact lenses, but in the case of dry eye patients they act like a sponge, drying out the eye. Hence, proper hydration and lubrication is required with the right eye drops that are catered to dry eyes contact lens wearers.

For the overworked: you are probably in an environment which is air conditioned and dry. Moreover you’re most probably staring at a screen all day, which results in insufficient blinking and lubrication of the eyes. Try to practice simple eye care exercises in the
office and ensure you have a bottle of eye drops that can help hydrate and lubricate your eyes anytime of the day.

Dry eyes can be a pain – literally

For those over 30, we sympathise – dry eyes are common for several reasons. As we age, our eyes naturally slow down in tear production, especially for females over the age of 30². In addition, this is a point in your life you’ve probably found some sort of career stability and work life picks up, thus overworking is more common. This is also a time when people suffering from myopia may opt for LASIK treatment – dry eyes is a common post-treatment symptom.

It’s important to know when you are suffering from dry eyes, and to take action in its early stages. If untreated and it persists, this could lead to severe clinical outcomes such as pain, ulcers and scars on the cornea³.

Here are some signs to look out for:

Light sensitivity

If you step out from an indoor venue after a long time such as a cinema and into daylight and the light hurts your eyes – you might have dry eyes.

Grittiness or sand in your eyes

Grittiness or sand in your eyes

A hallmark symptom of dry eyes is the annoying feeling of perpetually having a foreign body or sand in your eyes (and you haven’t been to the beach lately). Some people call it gritty eye syndrome as well.

Painful / sore eyes

Discomfort and pain will start forming when certain parts of the eyeball start drying up, or when allergic inflammation happens when it is exposed to dust or animal dander that the eye is unable to wash out. If you constantly feel discomfort or irritation in your eye, you may have dry eyes.

Fluctuating vision

Are you experiencing blurry vision constantly which improves only when you blink? You may be suffering from dry eyes.

Discomfort in dry environments

If you find that being in an air-conditioned place, inside an airplane, in windy conditions and generally in places with low humidity, this might be a symptom of dry eyes.

Excessive tearing

When the eye doesn’t get enough lubrication, it would compensate by flooding the eye with tears. People suffering from dry eyes usually don’t have tears with sufficient lubricating qualities, thus treatment is still necessary.

Dry eyes can hinder your everyday life – especially when you are watching TV or working on your laptop.

 Dry eyes can hinder your everyday life – especially when you are watching TV or working on your laptop.

Most of us are exposed to video displays nowadays, whether it’s working with computers, using smartphones, watching TV or even drawing cash from ATM machines. If this hurts your eyes, it might be a symptom of dry eyes as well.

If you suspect you have dry eyes, have a chat with your eye doctor as soon as possible. In the meantime, artificial tears, gels and ointments will offer temporary relief. Indoors, a humidifier will help ease the dryness. The last thing you should do is take it lightly and ignore the symptoms!

Find out how our Eye Care products can help you combat dry eyes effectively.

1.Louis Tong et al. Assessment and Management of Dry Eye Patients for Non-ophthalmic Healthcare Practitioners. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2012, Vol 21, 1:15-22
2. Lemp et al. Tear Osmolarity in the Management of Dry Eye Diseas. Am J Ophthalmol 2011;151;7920798
Katsuyama I, Arawaka T. A convenient rabbit model of ocular epithelium damage induced by osmotic dehydration. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2003 Jun;19(3):281-9.
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