Dry Eyes? Here are Five Things You Can Do to Relieve Symptoms

If you have ever had dry eyes you know it’s not fun. Your eyes feel scratchy, uncomfortable and sometimes your vision may become blurred and hazy.

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, dry eyes are caused by many things including: contact lenses, allergies, hormones, age, environmental conditions, medications, and exposure to UV rays among others. Since there are so many things that cause dry eyes, you may need an individual solution for each situation. Here are five things you can do to relieve dry eye symptoms.

  1. A good practice to get into is to purchase a pair of good quality sunglasses to protect your eyes from future sun damage  especially in the summertime when you are out in the sun more often and UV exposure can affect your eyes. If you don’t have sunglasses, and even if you have been wearing them, but they are of lower quality, it’s always a good idea to keep some eye drops handy.

  2. If you wear contacts, you have another battle to overcome when it comes to dry eyes; some contact lenses are better than others for lubrication. Usually, when you wear contacts for too long, that is when they start to bother your eye. Some preventative maintenance is always a good idea with contacts, and that’s where these come in handy. If you wear contacts, please also check out this important post on wearing contacts for too long.

  3. Working on the computer for long periods is not a great idea for your eyes. Dry eyes are common with those who work on computers all day long. It can be even worse when we work on them all day long and then stare at our phones or TV at night. Make sure you are either using glasses with a blue light coating OR drops like these to keep your eyes moist and in good health.

  4. Did you know, what you eat can contribute to your eye health? Did you also know that there is such a thing as good quality tears? Dry eyes can be a result of tears that don’t correctly moisturize the eye. Omega 3’s are essential when getting those good quality tears that help moisturize and clean the eye.

  5. Keeping your eye clean is vital to combat dry eyes. Cleaning your eyelid and removing dirt, dust, and debris can help limit the possibility of dry eyes becoming a problem. This is especially important for people who work in dirty or dusty environments. These eyelid wipes are a great way to clean, moisturize and soothe the outside of the eye after a long day of work. As a bonus, they also help remove makeup as well.

At Inspired by Rossland Optical, our goal is always, eye health, whether you wear glasses or not. If you don’t wear glasses, you may not have learned the importance of eye care. Please be sure to send this post to anyone you think may need to learn more about taking care of their eyes. Education is key to preventing eye problems down the road.

Tips and Tricks for Travelling With Contact Lenses

When you wear contacts, it can be challenging to know what TO do and what NOT to do when you are travelling. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you avoid any vacation related contact lens issues.

  1. Use daily disposables – If your prescription allows, it is easier to use daily disposables, and you don’t have to carry as much solution as with regular contacts.

  2. Wear glasses on the plane – If you are flying, it might be easier to wear your glasses. The air in a plane is often very dry and wearing contacts doesn’t tend to help with eye dryness.

  3. Have more than enough to last – Make sure you bring enough contacts or solution to last you the whole vacation. It might not be that easy to get contacts in another city if at all depending on the remoteness of the location.

  4. Buy a travel kit – This is not a necessity, but if you have a kit it’s less likely that your contacts will get lost and it is easier to find everything you need before bed and in the morning

  5. Take a day off – You may want to take a day off of using your contacts and wear glasses. Getting less sleep and different time zones can be hard on your eyes, as well as keeping them in longer than usual. Also, remember to drink lots of water to keep your eyes hydrated.

The summer will be here sooner than you think! If you are going on vacation this summer, we would love to help ease your stress, be sure to get your regular contacts or daily disposables ordered soon!