Dry eyes are pretty common, especially on windy days or in dry, air-conditioned rooms, but that doesn’t mean you need to endure them. Dry eye treatments are designed to treat any irritations and soothe your eyes, so you can forget the discomfort and get on with enjoying your day.
What causes dry eye syndrome?
Dry eyes happen when your body doesn’t produce enough tears to keep them moist and hydrated. Some people are naturally more likely to experience dry eyes, but it can also be caused by a range of external factors.
Working in an air-conditioned environment, for example, can make your eyes more prone to feeling dry or irritated. You can also start to experience these symptoms after using a screen for long hours, particularly if you strain your eyes to focus on what you’re looking at or reading.
Sometimes, it’s possible that wearing contact lenses for extended periods of time can also cause your eyes to feel a little dry. It’s a good idea in this case then to take a break from your lenses or to switch to a new lens with a higher water content. You can also use dry eye treatments to provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms.
What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?
Usually, dry eye syndrome affects both eyes and will give you a gritty, sore feeling that gets worse over the course of the day. In more serious cases, it can continue for long enough for your eyes to become red and even temporarily cause blurry vision.
While no doubt uncomfortable, it’s very rare for dry eyes to cause a serious problem and the discomfort can usually be resolved with eye drops or gels. However, if the problems persist or worsen, you should visit a GP or ophthalmologist just to check that they’re not a symptom of something else.
Eye drops to treat dry eyes
One of the fastest and most effective ways of treating dry eyes is using eye drops. These help to ease the discomfort by returning the moisture to your eyes and are perfect if you need relief while wearing contact lenses. They’re known as artificial tears because they mirror the makeup of real ones, meaning that the relief they provide feels both natural and soothing.
Typically, dry eye treatments like Hycosan Eye Drops come in small bottles and so are easy to transport around, fitting easily into a pocket or a handbag. This is perfect if you lead a busy life and need instant relief from itchy eyes while you’re on the go. You can also get packs of single-use products such as Blink Intensive Tear Vials, which are even smaller and easier to carry around.
Using eye drops
Eye drops to treat dry eyes are simple to use, but in case if you haven’t before, we thought we’d put together an easy to follow guide. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’ll feel like second nature!
Other treatments for dry eyes
If you have sensitive skin around your eyes then eye drops might not be the best solution for you, particularly if you suffer from Blepharitis. Blephasol gel or Blephaclean wipes may be a better approach for treating your symptoms and keeping your eyes feeling fresh and comfortable.
If your contact lenses feel uncomfortable after being worn for long hours, these soothing eye drops are just what you need. The drops act just like your normal tears by moisturising your eyes, containing no preservatives for a natural and fresh feeling.
Using the same formula as the Blink Contacts Bottle, these vials provide a more portable method of offering your eyes relief from and itchy or dry feeling. Each pack contains 20 single-use vials, designed for instant refreshment as well as to be compatible with all types of contact lenses.
These extra-efficient eye drops are ideal if dry eyes are particularly bothersome, providing fast-acting relief that will keep your contact lenses feeling super comfortable. This well-designed bottle ensures you don’t waste a drop, using a patented delivery system to give you just the right amount of liquid each time.
When dry eyes are getting the better of you, sometimes you need a serious solution. Blink Intensive Tears acts rapidly, creating a layer of moisture across your contact lens that reduces irritation, redness and general discomfort. The result is clear comfortable vision, ensuring that your contact lenses work to their full capability.
This pack of individual droppers offers great value for money, helping you use just the right amount of solution each time. As each one is resealable, this is a great choice for if you’re on the go, allowing you to carry them around with no fuss, but giving you the choice of how much solution to use each time.
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