Steps to minimise the symptoms of dry eye
In this blog post, we look at ways of minimising uncomfortable eye symptoms.
Symptoms of dry eye vary and include:
- burning sensation
- gritty feeling as if sand in the eyes.
Extreme symptoms of dry eye will occur in smoky and dusty environments. Fortunately, these days people don’t smoke in the office, and the environment is clean. However, the increased use of air conditioning and low humidity has exacerbated dry eye symptoms. People who have problems tolerating contact lenses, also have aggravated dry eye symptoms.
Regarding screen usage, a low blinking frequency due to the visual fixation make tears evaporate much more quickly and trigger poor eye lubrication. These patients will get the chronic red eye, related discomfort towards the end of the day, or fluctuating eyesight after a long day in front of the screen.
The ophthalmologist can perform an accurate examination at the slit-lamp in the clinic and the osmolarity test of the tears. A tiny amount of tear is collected and then analysed. The ophthalmologist can study the quantity and quality of the tears and arrange an appropriate treatment plan if you suffer from ‘dry eyes’.
Meanwhile, as a primary palliative treatment, you can keep your eyelids clean using something like Blephasol solution, Blephaclean wipes or Ocusoft wipes, putting in artificial tears, and avoid irritating environments. Use protective eyewear and allow your eyes to rest for periods during those days when the eyes are more strained, to help relieve your symptoms.
Likewise, eating a diet rich in essential fatty acids, like those found in dried fruit or oily fish, can also be very beneficial.