Dry eye syndrome is a pretty common condition that can occur when your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to stay moist. This can be caused by any number of things, but most commonly it’s a result of being in a particularly hot or windy climate, or using a computer screen for long periods of time.
You may also find that extended use of contact lenses can cause dry eyes. However, if you do find this happening a lot, it's worth switching to a different type of lens with higher water content for a more comfortable fit.
Usually dry eye syndrome will effect both eyes and result in a gritty, sore feeling that tends to get worse throughout the day. If this continues, it can cause your eyes to become a little red and temporarily give you blurry vision.
While this may be uncomfortable, it’s very rare for dry eyes to cause any serious problems down the line. Do consult your GP though if you continue to display symptoms, as this may be part of an underlying condition or a result of having your tears evaporate too quickly.
Often, the fastest and most effective treatment for dry eyes are eye drops. These will help return the moisture to your eyes and could even make using contacts much more comfortable for you.
VisionDirect.co.uk has a wide range of eye drops available for all situations. It’s worth checking out the product before you buy, to make sure it will be the best fit for your lifestyle. For example, our bestselling Blink Contacts Bottle may be ideal for almost any type of lens wearer. However, those with less room to carry around a bottle may find the Blink Contacts Vials are more appropriate for them.
If you’ve never used eye drops before, we’ve put together a video & easy to follow guide on how to apply them to help you get used to the process. Most people usually find that once they have done it a few times, it quickly becomes second nature.
For those with sensitive skin around their eyes, Blephagel Hypoallergenic Gel may be a better solution. The gel is designed to sooth itchy or painful eyes quickly without causing any unwanted irritation to your eyelids.
The gel is simply applied using a cotton wool swab or gauze pad just under the eyelid, and can even be used overnight to keep your eyes clean.