Vision Care 

Dry eye

dry eye

Before we discuss about dry eye, we would like to explain about your tears. Your tears are essential to maintain your eye health and provide you clear vision.

Every blink of your eye will release tears that provide lubrication, reduce eye infection, wash away foreign matter and keep your eye smooth and clear.

Without the sufficient of tears, you will experience dry eyes. Irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in eyes, excess watering and blurred vision is the common symptoms of dry eyes. For some severe dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

You may curious what caused dry eyes, so we listed the few reasons:
1. Age: Dry eye is the process of natural aging. The majority of people over age 65 experience some symptoms of dry eyes.
2. Gender: Mostly likely occur among women due to hormonal change, use of oral contraceptives, and menopause.
3. Medications: Some of the medication will lead dry eyes, such as blood pressure medication.
4. Medical conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and thyroid problem are more likely to have symptoms of dry eyes. Plus, inflammation of the eyelids, inflammation of the surface of the eye, or the inward or outward turning of eyelids can cause dry eyes to develop.
5. Environment conditions: Exposure to smoke, wind and dry climate can evaporate tears quickly can lead to dry eyes. Yet, failure to blink regularly can also contribute to drying of the eyes.
6. Other factors: Long term use of contact lenses, refractive eye surgeries can cause decrease tear product and dry eyes.

As dry eye is caused by insufficiency of tears, artificial tears were use for treatment, especially for mild cases of dry eyes. However, artificial tear is not suit for everyone, so several options available to treat dry eyes, such as blocking the tear drain to conserve tears, prescribed eye drops to increase tear production, and take care eyelids to decrease inflammation including apply eye drops or balm, massage and clean.

Except medical treatment, there are few steps for you to reduce symptoms of dry eyes, such as:
1. Blink regularly
2. Increase the level of humidity
3. Wearing wrap around sunglasses
4. Take prescribed nutritional supplements
5. Drinking plenty of water (around 8 to 10 glasses a day)

If you experience dry eyes during wearing contact lenses, we strongly recommend you apply our Max OptiFresh® Rewetting drops to regain moisture, comfort and clear vision.

Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.