Dry eye affects a large part of the adult population. Dry eyes give the sensation of constantly having dust or a foreign body in the eye. In addition, people affected tend to want to close their eyes more often. It must be said that the amount of time spent in front of screens in recent years has had a strong impact on the increasing number of cases of dry eye.
Prevention in this case, as with any condition, can make a real difference. Some simple lifestyle habits can help keep your eyes healthy and prevent dry eye. For example, it is important to:
Don't rub your eyes
You must be careful when you touch your eyes. They are a real gateway to many infections. In addition, rubbing your eyes can damage your cornea and even distort it, resulting in reduced vision.
Sunbathing is so much fun! However, it is best to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and avoid certain eye conditions.
Take a break from screens
If you must be in front of a screen for several hours a day, adopt the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you have the ability to reduce your screen time, that’s even better!
Get regular eye exams
As an adult, you should have an eye exam every two years. This is to detect certain diseases or conditions, such as dry eye.
Throw away outdated makeup or toiletries
Get rid of all outdated toiletries, as they are often environments where bacteria proliferate, and therefore become dangerous to your eyes.
Dry eye causes a lot of discomfort to the affected eyes. People who suffer from this problem experience symptoms, such as:
- A burning sensation
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to light
- Great difficulty wearing of contact lenses
Les facteurs externes
The most common external causes are:
- Long hours spent in front of a screen (cell phone, computer, tablet, television, etc.)
- Air conditioning
- Allergies of all kinds
- Environmental factors (pollution, smoking, heating, wind, cold, etc.)
A dysfunction of the lacrimal glands is often at the origin of the dry eye condition. There are three known factors that can cause dry eye:
Your eyes do not produce enough tears
The lacrimal glands do not produce enough tears and are therefore unable to keep your eyes hydrated. In this case, age, medication, a health problem or time spent in front of screens could be the cause.
Tears dry too quickly
Tears are produced in sufficient quantity, but evaporate too quickly, which is attributable to the quality of the tears or the environment (air conditioning or heating). Sometimes a problem with the lacrimal glands causes them to produce bad components for your tears.
The composition of your tears is altered
Tears are made up of several components that help maintain moisture in your eyes. If these components are altered, dry eye is likely to occur. Sometimes a blocked gland or rosacea alters the composition of tears.
How to relieve dry eye
Artificial tears are an integral part of the solution to dry eye and provide natural eye hydration. For example, Biotrue eye drops® are recognized and clinically proven to relieve dry eye symptoms. This solution contains no preservatives and can be used by contact lens wearers or after laser eye surgery. The formulation of these drops contains a component of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural ingredient found within eye fluids, which helps maintain optimal eye hydration. Whether you are at home or away, dry eye can be uncomfortable. Biotrue® offers several types of eye drops including single use doses that can be easily transported or different sizes of multi-use containers.
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