'Dry Eyes' is a condition that is quite common in these modern times, and treatment can range depending on the severity or causes of Dry Eyes.
This condition is more common in people over 60 but can affect younger people and it is also more common in women than men. Dry eyes can also be one of the symptoms of inflammatory condition in the body like Arthritis or Colitis.
There are many symptoms of Dry Eyes and you should see your GP if you suffer from any of the following:
- Dry or sore eyes
- Feeling like something is in them
- Blurred vision
For simple Dry Eyes, treatment usually involves either an eye drop or ointment. Common eye drops that are prescribed are:
- Hypromellose 0.3%
- Hypromellose 0.5%
- Tears Naturale
These aren’t all the drops available but they are commonly prescribed and available to buy over the counter. These drops are usually classed as artificial tears, which moisten the eyes and help ease the discomfort that comes with dry eyes.
Ointments are another popular treatment for Dry Eyes and are used to lubricate the eyes, again to ease the discomfort and pain of Dry Eyes. Look out for:
- Viscotears / Carbomer Gel
- Simple Eye Ointment
These are common eye ointments used to treat Dry Eyes and are easy to administer and offer almost instant relief.
These are examples of treatments of dry eyes but there are many preventative measures that can be taken and to be aware of especially in this modern era. Follow these tips and you should find you’ll be at a lower risk of suffering from Dry Eyes.
- Keep your eyes and eyelids clean and protect them from the environment, i.e. sunglasses and goggles.
- Use your computer or laptop correctly to avoid eye strain.
- Avoid dry air such as air conditioned environments, in front of fires etc. for prolonged periods of time. Try an air humidifier to moisten the air.
- Include flaxseed oil and omega-3 fats in your diet.
With these simple steps, controlling Dry Eyes can be made a lot simpler, but don’t forget for most, Dry Eyes is part of getting older, and comes naturally to most.