"Dry eyes" syndrome is an eye condition caused by drying the eyes, which in effect is either caused by reduced tear production or increased tear evaporation. There is a need for tears to preserve eye safety and to provide clear vision. People with "dry eye syndrome" develop either an inadequate amount of tears, or the tear's properties and, as a result, its consistency is violated. "Dry eyes" is a widespread problem, for people over 40 and for office workers in particular.
Dry eye syndrome is a common disease that occurs when there is insufficient output of the necessary amount of tear fluid, or when its consistency is low and can not keep the eyes moist.e eyes moist.
Dry eyes can appear in everyone, although it is more common in women, especially after menopause, or people living in large cities, where air pollution is higher. Several reports also indicate the more severe the disease is the higher the sea level.
Dry Eye Tips
Living with dry eyes on a regular basis can cause significant discomfort and there are a range of steps to avoid it that can help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye syndrome:
- Use moisturizing drops, which can be purchased at a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. Usually they are recommended to be instilled as necessary (although you should read the recommendations for use for each type of drops before using them). However, if it is necessary to use drops more than once every two hours, it is preferable to use moisturizing drops without preservatives.
- The use of moisturizing gels that are thicker than drops in consistency. The use of these gels can make eyesight a bit more difficult, therefore it is recommended to use them before bedtime.
- Avoid air movements, whether in the natural environment - wind, or apparatus such as fans or a hair dryer, as they can cause dry eyes. If it is not possible to avoid external factors (wind), you must wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Use of humidifiers. Air conditioning and heating make indoor air drier, so using humidifiers is recommended, which can increase the humidity of the environment and alleviate some of the symptoms.
- Rest your eyes. If you read or watch TV, the symptoms of dry eye are aggravated. Therefore, it is recommended that you take small breaks to relax your eyes and blink more often to restore lost moisture.
- Avoid tobacco smoke. There are countless reasons to stay away from tobacco smoke, and one of them is that it can cause irritation and dry eyes and dry; and in fact, this is one of the factors that increase the risk for this symptom.
- The use of warm compresses on the eyes and delicate cleansing of the skin of the eyelids with a special soap can help wash away the fat that accumulates on the glands of the eyelids, which will help improve the quality of the tear fluid. After applying the soap, it is important to thoroughly wash it off with running water.
- Include omega-3 fatty acid supplements in your diet. In most cases, this can reduce the symptoms of dry eyes. This component can be obtained naturally from oily fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies) and flax seeds. See your eye doctor to find out if you should take omega-3 supplements and in what form and proper dose.
- Dry eyes are a chronic disease, so knowing how to control them will help relieve symptoms. If dry eyes cause you a lot of trouble, we recommend contacting an ophthalmologist to determine the most appropriate treatment for your case.
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