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Dry Eye and Menopause: What’s the Link?

During menopause, have you noticed that you’re struggling more with your vision or experiencing a lot of discomfort around your eyes? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. In fact, there’s a link between menopause and Dry Eye disease.

Some studies suggest that around 61% of perimenopausal and menopausal women are affected by Dry Eye syndrome [1] , while a survey of 6,000 women revealed that one in four women said they experienced dry eyes, making it the second most common hidden menopause symptom. [2]

 

Woman with dry eye drinking water

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye syndrome is an extremely common eye condition affecting one in four people in the UK. [3] When your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes, you may notice inflammation in the eye which is related to a wide range of symptoms. You may experience red eyes, itching, a burning sensation, sensitivity to light, and even fatigue. Symptoms are wide-ranging, so if you’re experiencing discomfort and irritation in your eyes, it may be Dry Eye. [4]

 

Why Dry Eye?

There are several reasons you might start to show symptoms of Dry Eye disease. From smoking to aging, there are a lot of factors to consider but one you may not have thought about is your hormone levels.

During menopause your androgen hormones (which include testosterone) decrease. This hormone change affects the meibomian and lacrimal glands in the eyelids that provide the essential oils for tears. Tears moisten the eyes so you will see increased tear evaporation and drier eyes as a result.

Recent research shows that testosterone helps to manage the balance of tear production which you need to lubricate your eye. Without enough tear film, you may end up feeling an itchy, gritty, or stinging sensation – otherwise known as Dry Eye.

There is also some evidence that estrogen levels changing during this phase can also lead to Dry Eye disease. More research needs to be done to solidify this link but it would explain the increase in Dry Eye symptoms at different points of a woman’s monthly fertility cycle. [5]

One thing that’s clear, however, is that dry eyes can be a result of a sex hormone deficiency, meaning it’s a common side effect of menopause, when your hormone levels will drop.

 

couple laughing together

Is Dry Eye Disease a Common Menopause Symptom?

That gritty feeling in your eyes might make you feel like you’re all alone but don’t worry. Many people deal with Dry Eye disease every day and during menopause, it’s a very common symptom.

Menopausal symptoms vary depending on the person and their age, so you could end up facing very different symptoms and experiences from your friends. However, if you are noticing redder eyes, blurred vision, and excessive tearing then you might be dealing with hormonally-induced Dry Eye disease.

 

How do Hormones Play a Role?

During perimenopause and menopause, there’s a variety of changes in hormones that can be related to dry eye symptoms. We see a decrease in both estrogen and testosterone. Sex hormones are incredibly important to keep the ocular surface of the eye stable, which means they’ll affect producing tears, evaporating tears, draining tears, maintaining nerves behind the cornea, and maintaining the immune system of the eye. When it comes to Dry Eye the ability to keep the eyes moist (usually by tears) plays a large role. When the eyelid becomes dry and irritated , it causes pain, a burning sensation, and red eyes. [6]

During perimenopause, your sex hormone levels begin to drop and eventually, you’ll find you no longer have periods (the process we call the menopause).

After this your body entirely stops making progesterone and the production of estrogen and androgens decreases at a quicker rate, which is why we see the onset of these symptoms around this period of a woman’s life. [7]

 

Higher Risk Factors

One thing of note is that women who experience premature or early menopause (when the final menstrual period happens before the age of forty) are more at risk for androgen deficiency. [8]

Additionally, it may be worth considering the increased risk factor if you’ve been on estrogen tablets or the pill, have had surgical removal of the ovaries, or have suffered from an eating disorder that’s placed stress on the body. You can get tested for this deficiency, however, due to the levels naturally being so low in women, it’s difficult to do so.

If you’re looking into testing your levels to work out the cause of your Dry Eye disease then make sure you get your blood taken in the morning when testosterone levels are at their highest.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Dry Eye Disease

Most doctors would recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for alleviating particularly troublesome symptoms of menopause. Traditionally HRT replaces estrogen and progesterone which will fall during this period of a woman’s life. [9] However, HRT usually treats hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep issues rather than Dry Eye disease. You may be considering this treatment to soothe your dry eyes but unfortunately, research hasn’t yet proven the benefits of it.

While some studies show a small amount of improvement in the alleviation of symptoms, the largest cross-sectional study to date found that long-term use of HRT increases the risk of Dry Eye symptoms. Essentially the longer women stayed on hormone replacement therapy the worse and more frequent their Dry Eye symptoms became. [10]

So even if you were only experiencing mild Dry Eye symptoms during perimenopause, you may find that once you start treatment, you experience the onset of Dry Eye disease.

 

Woman rubbing her eyes

Treating Dry Eye During Menopause

With the effects of HRT in mind, it’s important to consider how your treatments of Dry Eye symptoms will impact your treatment of other menopausal symptoms, and visa versa. HRT can help alleviate some menopausal symptoms but research shows that the treatment can make Dry Eye Disease worse.

However, many usual recommendations for Dry Eye are lifestyle suggestions that may boost your overall health. Eating well, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep can all help battle that dry, itchy feeling while decreasing screen time can boost your mood as well!

If you’re usually a fan of contact lenses, make sure you’re also grabbing those glasses every now and then to give your eyes a break. Hydrating eye drops in the mornings and evening can help soothe your eyes, and make sure you’re limiting stress where you can. [11]

If your dry eyes are chronic or causing large problems in your life the VISUshop site has a wide range of products for treatment and prevention you can check out here .

 

For more information on Dry Eye and Menopause, take a look at our other blogs on the subject, and what you can do to alleviate your dry, itchy eyes.

 

References

  1. ‘What’s the Link between Dry Eye and Menopause?’ Dryeyecare.net, 08/04/21, Last Accessed January 2024
  2. ‘Dry Eyes and Menopause Demystified’, Balance by Newson Health, 24/06/23, Last Accessed January 2024
  3. ‘Dry Eye Syndrome’, Association of Optometrists, Last Accessed January 2024
  4. ‘Dry Eye Symptoms’, Dry Eye and Me, Last Accessed January 2024
  5. Lazarus, Russel, ‘Dry Eye and Menopause’, Optometrists.org, 09/09/2020, Last Accessed January 2024
  6. Millar, Helen, ‘Dry Eyes and Menopause: What to Know’, Medical News Today, 18/09/23, Last Accessed January 2024
  7. ‘The Link Between Menopause and Dry Eye’, Slingsby & Huot Eye Associates, Last Accessed January 2024
  8. ‘Androgen Deficiency in Women’, Better Health Channel, Last Accessed January 2024
  9. ‘About Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)’, NHS, Accessed January 2024
  10. Osborn, Corrinne, ‘Menopause and Dry Eyes: What’s the Link?’, Healthline, Last Accessed January 2024
  11. ‘Dry Eyes: The Unexpected Symptom of Perimenopause and Menopause’, The Latte Lounge, 26/09/22, Last Accessed January 2024
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3-Step Treatment Plan for Dry Eyes

A three-step treatment plan is one of the most effective ways to treat dry eyes. By following these three simple steps, you could reduce your symptoms significantly.

 

Woman with Eye Mask

Step 1: Use a warm compress

Begin by using a heated compress, such as MeiboPatch®, over your eyes. Lay this over your upper face so that it covers the bridge of your nose, upper and lower eyelids.

You should keep this mask on for seven to 10 minutes, during which time it will gently release warmth which can fluidise secretions that may have blocked the meibomian glands.

After you remove the mask, you should give your dry eyes a gentle eyelid massage to help release the oils from the glands.

Always keep your eyes closed when using a warm compress, and we recommend buying a new MeiboPatch® every 1-2 months, to make sure hygiene measures are followed.[1]

To find out more about our MeiboPatch®, click here: MeiboPatch®

 

Woman Wiping Eye

Step 2: Wipe your dry eyes

Cleanse and wipe away the melted oil from your meibomian glands, as well as any built-up debris. You should do this with a cleanser like Naviblef®.

Close your dry eyes and massage your eyelids and eyelashes with the foam, then leave it there for around 60-80 seconds. Then, rinse your eyelashes and eyelids with warm water.

Discover more about Naviblef® here: Naviblef® [2]

 

Eye with Eye Drops

Step 3: Lubricate your dry eyes

Use an effective lubricant like any drop from our VISUfamily range. Depending on your condition, you need to choose an eye drop that will work for you and ease your symptoms.

Find out more about what eye drop for dry eyes would be best for you here: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel For The Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

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References

  1. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed February 2023.
  2. Naviblef® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed February 2023.
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How to Put in Eye Drops for Dry Eye

Whether you’re using eye drops for hay fever, conditions like styes, or Dry Eye Disease, we’re here for you. Read on to find out our tips on how to put in eye drops for Dry Eye.

 

How to put in eye drops: Step-by-step instructions

Before you put your eye drops in, make sure that your hands are nice and clean. Additionally, have tissues nearby to wipe away any excess tears or drops that might occur.[1]

 

Step 1: Prepare

Wash your hands and make sure that you have everything you need around you.

 

Step 2: Tilt your head

Sit up and look up, or lay down if this is easier. 

 

Step 3: Pull down your eyelid

Pull your eyelid down and away from your eyeball, making a pocket for your drops.

 

Step 4: Squeeze the bottle

Put the prescribed number of drops into your eye, or the number of drops suggested on the bottle or instructions for use. You may have to squeeze or use a pump action to administer the drops.

 

Step 5: Close your eyes

Close your eye for at least one minute and hold your finger over your tear duct (the small hole in the corner of your eye).

 

Make sure that you always close the eye drop container after use.[2] If you use more than one type of eye medication, wait at least five minutes between using each type.[3]

 

Woman puts eye drops into her eyes

 

Should you blink after putting eye drops in?

This often depends on doctor’s advice. However, Dan T. Gudgel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that you should not blink. Instead, close your eyes for at least one minute.[4]

 

How long should you close your eyes after eye drops?

You should close your eyes for a minimum of one minute, to allow the drops to soak into your eyes and prevent them from soaking into your nose.[3]

 

How many times a day can you use eye drops?

The number of times a day you should use eye drops varies depending on the type of eye drop you choose. VisuXL® eye drops only need to be used two times a day, making them a solution that can become part of your daily routine.[2]  

 

Man putting eye drops into eye

 

How far away do you hold eye drops?

You should put eye drops within one inch of your eye, when you are applying them.[5] This allows you to aim better into the pocket that you have created.

 

How should I store eye drops?

Eye drops need to be stored effectively to prevent being spoiled. Bottles usually need to be kept in a cool, dry place, unless otherwise stated on the instructions for use.[6]

 

Best eye drops for dry eyes

We offer a vast range of eye drops for dry eyes, so that you can be prepared. From VisuXL® Gel to Xailin® Tears, we have everything you could need.

Our latest blog helps you to identify which Dry Eye products would suit your needs, based on your symptoms. For more information on eye gels and eye drops for dry eyes, visit this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

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References

  1. Healthline. ‘How to Use Eye Drops’. Accessed January 2023.
  2. VisuXL® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed January 2023.
  3. National Eye Institute. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, 23/07/21. Accessed January 2023.
  4. Dan T. Gudgel. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, American Academy of Ophthamology, 10/03/21. Accessed January 2023.
  5. WebMD. ‘How to Insert Eye Drops’, 21/08/22. Accessed January 2023.
  6. Dr.Manoj Rai Mehta. ‘How to Safely Store Eye Drop Dispensers at Home or Office’,Practo, 06/04/17. Accessed January 2023.
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Can the Environment Cause Dry Eyes?

You may have noticed that the change of seasons or new surroundings has suddenly worsened your Dry Eye symptoms. This is because your environment can trigger Dry Eye syndrome, with factors like the weather, climate, and air quality all contributing. Let’s explore some of the specific environmental factors to bear in mind when trying to improve your condition. 

 

Frost on grass

Can the time of year impact dry eyes?

Changes to the air temperature, humidity, and air quality come with the changing seasons. So it’s only natural that throughout certain seasons your eyes may become more irritated and dry. Spring can bring about seasonal allergies such as hay fever when allergens in the air are more prominent. When the pollen count is high, many Dry Eye sufferers will find that their symptoms worsen. However, we’d always recommend speaking to your doctor if this is the case, as often over-the-counter medication such as antihistamines can make Dry Eye symptoms worse as a side effect. 

In addition to this, colder months throughout winter can irritate dry eyes the most when compared to the other seasons. This is because of the cold air outside, combined with indoor heating making a very dry environment. Indoor humidifiers are a good way to try and keep more moisture in your air at home and help to improve your symptoms.[1]

 

Waterfall surrounded by greenery

What climate is best for dry eyes?

Hot, dry air can cause moisture from your eyes to evaporate quickly, yet as we’ve discussed already, colder weather can trigger dry eye syndrome too.  The key is to find a climate that’s not too hot, or too cold. Many researchers have seen a dip in Dry Eye throughout the summer months due to the humid air and warmer temperatures.[1] Therefore, a warm environment with plenty of moisture and humidity in the air is the ideal climate for Dry Eye sufferers.[2] So pack your bags and book that plane ticket, because now you have the perfect excuse to go on holiday!

The impact of living in the city on dry eyes

While living and working in the city can be fun and energising, it can also take a toll on your eyes. Let’s look at some of the common causes of Dry Eye Syndrome in the city.

 

London road with busy traffic

Air pollution

Our eyes are exposed to everything in the air surrounding us, whether that’s fresh air from the countryside, smoke from a fire, or pollution from traffic in the city. When exposed to pollution, small particles of dust and smoke can become stuck in your tear film. This means that you’re not able to produce as many tears to keep your eyes lubricated and moist, which often results in dry, irritated eyes. You can help to ease these symptoms by using umbrellas to shield your face against smog and dust, as well as wrap-around sunglasses to stop these things from going in your eyes. [3]

 

Laptop on a desk, statistics on the screen

Screen time 

When working in cities, it’s often the norm to have a standard 9-5 office job, where you spend most of your day behind a computer screen. In addition to this, many who live in the city rely on public transport such as trains, trams or buses to get to and from work every day. During this commute, the majority of people will be on their phones. Increased screen time can result in a condition called Digital Eye Strain, or Computer Eye Syndrome. It’s a common condition that affects many office workers, yet only 1 in 5 people are aware of having it.[3] Trying to reduce your screen time is the best way to reduce the symptoms of Digital Eye Strain and keep your monitor at eye level when working. 

How to alleviate Dry Eye symptoms

While there is no permanent cure for Dry Eye Syndrome, there are some simple steps you can take to help alleviate your symptoms. 

 

Orange sliced open

Eat more vitamins

Monitoring your diet and increasing the amount of specific vitamins you eat can be useful in reducing dry eyes. Here is a list of the best vitamins for the eyes. 

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega 3
  • Vitamin C
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin D
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin [4]

wraparound sunglasses for dry eye laid on a hat

Wear wrap-around sunglasses

Wearing special wrap-around glasses for dry eyes is a great way to ensure your eyes stay protected from harsh winds, cold air, dust, and debris. These glasses also often feature special lenses which act as a barrier between your eyes and the environment – including allergens like pollen. This makes them a great choice for hay fever sufferers, as the condition can make Dry Eye symptoms worse.[5] 

 

Hands type on a laptop keyboard

Take a break from screen time

As we’ve previously mentioned, screen time is one of the biggest causes of Dry Eye Syndrome. Reducing your screen time where possible will help to relieve your symptoms. Even if you work behind a computer, taking regular breaks from looking at the screen is important. We like to follow the 20/20/20 rule, which is a simple lifestyle change to help remind you to take a break from your screen. The rule is that every 20 minutes, you should look at something which is 20 feet away, for 20 seconds or more. This can be applied when working or watching TV, and numerous studies have found that it’s successful in alleviating Dry Eye symptoms as a result of too much screen time.[6]

For more information on Computer Vision Syndrome, read our blog.

 

Close up of brown eye

Use VisuXL Gel® 

While these lifestyle changes can help to relieve your symptoms of Dry Eye, the best way to feel fully comfortable is to use over-the-counter medications.  VisuXL Gel® provides 12-hour protection with just one drop and works by increasing the moisture in your eyes to form a protective cushion around them.[7]

To find out more about VisuXL® Gel visit our VISUfarma shop.

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. Complete Eye Care of Medina, ‘Which season has the greatest impact on dry eyes’. Accessed December 2022.
  2. Seltman, Whitney, ‘Climate, Environment and Dry Eye’ WebMD, 21/06/21. Accessed December 2022.
  3. London Vision Clinic, ‘The effect on your eyes working in the city (London)’ 6/11/15. Accessed December 2022.
  4. Capogna, Laurie, Eye Wellness, ‘The Best Supplements for Dry Eye’ 13/07/21. Accessed December 2022.
  5. Specsavers, ‘Dry Eyes and Glasses Explained’. Accessed December 2022.
  6. Reddy, S. C., Low, C., Lim, Y., Low, L., Mardina, F. and Nursaleha, M. (2013) “Computer vision syndrome: a study of knowledge and practices in university students”, Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology. Accessed December 2022.
  7. VisuXL Gel Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed December 2022.
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Eye Drops vs Eye Gel For The Treatment of Dry Eyes

Eye gels and eye drops for dry eyes are just two of the many treatment options for Dry Eye Disease. It’s easy to get confused about which product to go for, or even worse, not be able to find the right product that effectively eases your symptoms. 

It can sometimes be hard to get adequate information about Dry Eye treatments; that’s why we want to offer expert tips about the difference between drops and gels for the treatment of Dry Eye.

 

dry eyes and vision

 

What is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry Eye Disease is a chronic condition where patients suffer from gritty, sore, itchy, or blurry eyes.[1] It affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and can range from moderate to severe.[2] One of the main causes of Dry Eye is not having enough tears, making the surface of your eye very dry.[3] You might need different treatments depending on the nature of your condition, but many people turn to eye gels or eye drops for effective symptom relief.

Although Dry Eye can affect anyone of any age, it is more common in people over the age of 50, predominantly women, and can also be aggravated by other factors such as allergies, lifestyle and environmental factors.[4]

For more information about Dry Eye, visit our blog which reveals everything you need to know about Dry Eye: https://www.dryeyeandme.co.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-about-dry-ey/

 

What are eye drops and eye gels?
Eye drops are traditionally the go-to treatment for Dry Eye and other related conditions. There are many different types, including preservative or preservative-free, contact lens-friendly and standard or cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid (HA) drops.[5]

Eye gels, however, are becoming increasingly more popular, especially with long-term sufferers of Dry Eye conditions. They can come in drop form and ointment form, with drop form being the easiest to apply for most patients.[6]

 

eye drops for dry eye

 

What’s the difference between regular eye drops and gel eye drops?
Eye gels are usually more viscous, and will stay on the surface of your eyes for a longer period of time. Due to this, they can provide long-lasting protection against dry, sore or itchy eyes. This makes them the perfect option for severe Dry Eye.
However, some more viscous eye gels can cause blurry vision for a while after you put them in. For this reason, many people choose to use these types of eye gels and ointments before they go to sleep at night.

Eye drops are usually used for quicker short-term relief. These are most effective when used before or after any Dry Eye triggers, like being outside in windy conditions or spending a prolonged time staring at a screen.[7]
Some eye drops contain preservatives, which can aggravate the symptoms of Dry Eye Disease and cause even more damage to your eyes in the long term. Therefore, it is sometimes best to opt for preservative-free eye drops. Other drops might also need at least four applications which can interfere with daily life and may affect compliance.[8]

 

eye drops for dry eye

 

Effective eye drops for Dry Eyes

VisuXL ® Eye Dropseye drops for dry eye

Our VisuXL® Eye Drops could be your preferred eye drop option, as they can use artificial tears, replacing the lubrication lost by the poor quality of tears. As with our eye gels, VisuXL® can be applied just twice a day to relieve your Dry Eye symptoms.
These preservative-free eye drops can also be used while wearing contact lenses, making them even more accessible for sufferers of Dry Eye Disease. The 10ml bottle also makes this eye drop a portable solution, which can be easily carried around.[8]

 

 

 

These eye drops should be used for:
– Dry eyes;
– Alterations in the continuity of the corneal and conjunctival surfaces after refractive surgery, trauma from a foreign body and surgery;
– Alterations in the ocular surface related to metabolic disorders (diabetes);
– Environmental stress (smog, chlorinated water, altered micro-climates, smoke, air conditioning);
– Intense and prolonged exposure to UV and ionizing radiation;
– Prolonged use of computers, monitors, or the television.

 

“I was recommended these drops by my Ophthalmologist and using them each morning and evening keeps my eyes lubricated.” – Sue from Cranleigh, Surrey [8]

 

Buy our VisuXL® Eye Drops here: https://visushop.co.uk/range/visuxl/

 

 

eye drops for dry eyeVisuEVO® Eye Drops

Another effective eye drop for Dry Eyes is our VisuEVO® Eye Drops, applied three times daily for symptomatic relief from Dry Eye Disease and inflammation.
VisuEVO® eye drops are specifically designed for Evaporative Dry Eye as they help stop the tear film from evaporating, due to its unique combination of ingredients: liposomes (phospholipids), Omega-3 and Vitamins A and D.

 

 

 

 

These eye drops should be used for:
– All forms of Evaporative Dry Eye.
– As a pre-treatment for eye surgery.
– Forms of Dry Eye caused by reduced secretion of lipids from the Meibomian glands.
– For cases of Dry Eye caused by a mucin deficiency.
– Cases in which dry eye has worsened as a result of the use of preserved eye drops.

Available in a preservative-free 10ml bottle, these eye drops can also be used while wearing contact lenses.[9]
Shop for our VisuEVO® eye drops here: https://visushop.co.uk/range/visuevo/

 

“These drops were recommended by my eye specialist. They are very cooling on the eye, I would highly recommend” – Karen, United Kingdom [10]

 

Effective eye gels for Dry Eyes

eye gel for dry eyeVisuXL® Gel

Eye gels provide longer-lasting relief from Dry Eye symptoms and are often used in more moderate to severe cases.[7] The type of treatment you opt for will mainly depend on your symptoms and specific conditions.

If you are looking for lasting relief, it may be more effective to try a lubricating gel drop like VisuXL® Gel. The gel mimics natural tears, lubricating your eyes.[11] It transforms from a liquid in the bottle to a gel when it reaches the surface of the eye, and remains in place for a full 12 hours. Therefore, patients only need 1 drop, morning and night, for a full 12 hours of comfort and protection.[12] [13]

 

 

“This was suggested to me by an ophthalmologist – it worked immediately!” – Mary from Cumbria [12]

 

This eye gel is highly effective in treating:
– Moderate to severe Dry Eye
– Foreign body trauma
– Alterations in the continuity of the corneal surgery and conjunctival surfaces after refractive corneal surgery and corneal transplant. In order to alleviate the typical post-surgical symptoms, VisuXL® Gel acts as a cushion between the eyelid and the corneal and conjunctival epithelia;
– Alterations of ocular surface related to metabolic disorders like diabetes.

 

As with our eye drops for Dry Eyes, these gels are preservative-free and can be used with contact lenses. It also comes in a 10ml bottle, making it easy to carry around with you.[12]

 

Buy our Eye Gel drops here: https://visushop.co.uk/range/visuxl-gel/

 

dry eye and eye drops

 

eye gel for dry eyeXailin® Gel
When it comes to eye gel for Dry Eyes, ‘soft’ preservative eye gels are also an option. An example of this is our Xailin® Gel, which uses a soothing and cooling action to provide relief from Dry Eye symptoms like redness, soreness, irritation and a feeling of grittiness. The gel can be used night and day and comes in a 10g tube.

The gel uses a ‘soft’ preservative called sodium perborate, which converts into water and oxygen upon contact with the eye. This means that the eye drop becomes preservative free when placed in the eye.[14]

“Love the product!” – Vivienne Norton

 

 

You can buy this product here: https://visushop.co.uk/range/xailin/

 

eye ointment for dry eye

 

Best eye ointment for Dry Eye
Another treatment for Dry Eye relief is eye ointment. An alternative to eye lubricant drops, these can help to create a night time barrier to protect your eyes whilst you sleep.

 

eye ointment for dry eyeXailin ® Night
An example of an eye ointment is our Xailin® Night ointment. Xailin® Night creates a barrier to prevent the loss of moisture in the eye, as well as provide lubrication and protection to the tissues of the cornea. This protects the eye from Dry Eye sensations that can occur overnight.
The preservative-free eye drop alternative uses long-lasting emollients. Emollients cover the eye with a protective film that can trap moisture, helping to soothe and hydrate the eyes.[15]

 

 

 

A study shared by Jack V. Greiner at the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that emollients can help with Dry Eye with 92% of all people within the study feeling that it reduced their Dry Eye symptoms.[16]

 

“I put it in my eyes just before switching out the light and it instantly soothes and calms my itchy eyes. I found I woke up in the morning with rested eyes and the soreness gone!” – Vivienne Norton [17]

 

Xailin® Night combines white soft paraffin and white mineral oil for soothing nighttime relief of Dry Eye sensations as it acts as a barrier against moisture loss.[18]

You can buy Xailin® Night ointment here:
https://visushop.co.uk/range/xailin/

 

Alongside this medication, you can ease Dry Eye at night by staying hydrated and using a humidifier.[19]
Visit our blog to read more tips about how to ease Dry Eye at night: https://www.dryeyeandme.co.uk/10-tips-to-ease-dry-eye-at-night/

dry eye at night

 

Best treatment for Dry Eye
Before choosing a treatment, you might want to speak to your Optician or Ophthalmologist to check that you don’t have a condition associated with Dry Eye, like MGD or Blepharitis, that might need slightly different treatment.

 

Three-step treatment for Dry Eye
For anyone suffering from severely dry eyes, it’s a good idea to follow a three-step treatment plan.

Step 1: Apply a heated compress, such as MeiboPatch®, to unblock your meibomian glands and relieve your eyes.[20]

Step 2: Cleanse and wipe away the melted oil blocking your glands, as well as any built-up debris with a cleanser like Naviblef®. It is specially designed to reduce discomfort and remove build-up around the lashes caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.[21]

Step 3: Incorporate an effective eye drop like VisuXL® Gel into your daily routine. With 12 hour protection from just one drop, you can enjoy lasting comfort without the need to reapply throughout the day. Just one drop each time you brush your teeth on a morning and an evening is all you’ll need for lasting lubrication.[12] [13]

 

Lifestyle tips and treatment for Dry Eye
Alongside medical treatments, there are many lifestyle choices you can make to help with your Dry Eye.
Everything from the food you eat and drink, to sleep and screen time, can impact your Dry Eye symptoms and management. Making small decisions such as drinking between 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can really make a difference![22]

For more information on lifestyle tips to help with Dry Eye, visit our blog: https://www.dryeyeandme.co.uk/6-lifestyle-tips-to-help-dry-eye/

 

dry eye and lifestyle

 

Summary
Hopefully, this guide has helped you identify the difference between eye gels and eye drops for Dry Eyes, for you to think about a personalised treatment plan that would work for your condition. It’s important to remember that any medication can be combined with lifestyle changes to minimise Dry Eye symptoms even further.

In summary, eye drops are great for short-term relief, used to help prevent triggers from impacting your Dry Eye. On the other hand, eye gels are thicker, staying on the surface of your eye for longer for lasting comfort.[7]

Both eye drops and eye gels can be used with contact lenses, with preservative-free options being the most effective choice.[8] Whichever Dry Eye treatment you choose to use, ensure that you speak to an optician or ophthalmologist before you decide whether to use eye drops or eye gels.

Follow us on socials @dryeyeandme for tips on symptoms, lifestyle and care!

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. NHS England, ‘Dry Eyes’, Accessed January 2022
  2. Wimpole Eye Clinic. ‘Why Are My Eyes So Scratchy and Dry’, Accessed January 2022.
  3. Dry Eye and Me, ‘Dry Eye Syndrome’, Accessed October 2022
  4. Valencia Higuera and Erika Klein, ‘Chronic Dry Eye Causes and How to Treat Them’, Healthline, 07/06/20. Accessed February 2022
  5. Godman, Heibi, ‘Eye Drops For Dry Eyes’, Healthline, 29/07/22. Accessed October 2022
  6. Veazey, Karen. ’What to know about dry eye gel drops and what conditions they treat’, Medical News Today, 22/12/21, Accessed October 2022
  7. Ranieri, Miranda. ‘Eye Drops vs. Gel vs. Ointment: What’s the Difference?’ 11/08/21, Queensway Optometric Centre, Accessed October 2022
  8. VisuXL Eye Drops Instructions For Use (IFU)
  9. VisuEVO Eye Drops Instructions For Use (IFU)
  10. Amazon, ‘VisuEVO Eye Drops Reviews’, Accessed October 2022
  11. Robertson, Danielle, ‘Severe dry eye: Advanced solutions to a common, chronic condition’, UT Southwestern Medical Centre, 15/07/2020, Accessed October 2022
  12. VisuXL Gel Instructions For Use (IFU)
  13. Brancato R, Fiore T, Papucci L, et al. Concomitant Effect of Topical Ubiquinone Q10 and Vitamin E to Prevent Keratocyte Apoptosis After Excimer Laser Photoablation in Rabbits. J Refract Surg 2002; 18: 135-9, Accessed Ocotber 2022
  14. Xailin Gel Instructions For Use (IFU)
  15. NHS England, ‘Emollients’, Accessed October 2022
  16. Healio, ‘Emollient drops effective in dry eye study’, 29/10/2004, Accessed October 2022
  17. Xailin Night Instructions For Use (IFU)
  18. Amazon, ‘Xailin Night Lubricating Eye Ointment Reviews’, Accessed October 2022
  19. Dry Eye and Me, ‘10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night’, Accessed October 2022
  20. Mebiopatch Instructions For Use (IFU)
  21. Naviblef Instructions For Use (IFU)
  22. Dry Eye and Me, ‘6 Lifestyle Tips to Help Dry Eye’, Accessed October 2022

 

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What causes Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition, with varying degrees of severity. It can have multiple causes which can overlap with each other. (1) Many people get dry eyes. It’s not usually serious and there are some things you can do to help. Knowing the route because of your condition is key to understanding how to manage it. [1]

Dry Eye can also co-exist, or be caused by other related conditions such as Meibomian Gland Disorder (MGD) and Blepharitis.

What is the cause of dry eyes ?

There are many different factors that can cause dry eyes. However, ultimately dry eyes occur because you do not make enough tears in your eyes, or your tears dry up quickly. [2]

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

When you have dry eyes, it might feel like you’ve got something in your eye that won’t come out. This can feel like a scratchy, gritty or sandy sensation. Your symptoms might also include:

  • Feeling sensitive to light
  • Blurred or changed vision
  • Mucus coming out of your eyes
  • Watery eyes [2]

Watery, red eye close-up

What else causes dry eyes?

There are some very common causes or triggers of Dry Eye that affect lots of people, and some less common causes, like pre-existing conditions and specific medication that can cause irritating symptoms for a minority of people.

1. Age/ Menopause

One of the most common causes of Dry Eye Syndrome is age, especially if you are a woman. Dry Eye affects approximately 5-30% of the elderly population, with menopause increasing the likelihood of developing symptoms.[3]

As we age, our cells experience more oxidative stress, and the lacrimal gland that produces our tears deteriorates the older we get.[3] In Menopause especially, decreased production of androgens (sex hormones) in women further affects tear production.[4] [5]

For more information about Dry Eye and Menopause read our blog: 5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause and Dry Eye.

2. Lifestyle

Lifestyle, diet, and environment can really trigger Dry Eye Disease. Dry eyes can be caused by things like heating and air conditioning systems, as well as the outdoor environment e.g. windy, cold, dry or dusty weather conditions.[6]
Smoking and drinking alcohol can also cause Dry Eye, or can make existing symptoms much worse.[7]

On the other hand, eating certain foods, living a generally healthy lifestyle, and reducing screen time can help reduce symptoms.[8]

To understand more about what foods you can eat to help relieve Dry Eye, read our blog: 8 Foods to Eat if you Have Dry Eye

3. Medication

Certain medications can cause Dry Eye, or make it worse. These include:

  • Acne medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Parkison’s medications
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Antihistamines
  • Birth Control and other hormone treatment
  • Blood pressure medication.[9]

4. Screen Use

When we stare at computers, mobiles, or any other digital screens, our blink rate slows, drying out our eyes. [10]

This is called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and affects people of all ages.[11] It can, combined with other Dry Eye triggers, make existing conditions much worse. Top tips to prevent CVS include reducing screen time and following the 20:20:20 rule.[11] [12]

We’ve written a blog about Computer Vision Syndrome, read it here to learn more: What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Woman rubbing her eyes

5. Pre-Existing Conditions

Dry Eye can also be a symptom of other, pre-existing conditions, like:

  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lagophthalmos.[13]

Understand more about how different conditions can affect dry eyes in our blog: 6 Conditions That Cause Dry Eye

6. Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can aggravate Dry Eye because the presence of the lens on the cornea limits oxygen flow into the eye, and oxygen is necessary to develop natural tears.[14]

However, there are some top tips to manage wearing contacts if your eyes feel itchy and dry. Read our blog to explore what they are: How to Manage Dry Eye if you Wear Contact Lenses.

7. The Environment

Many people may notice that the change in seasons, the weather or new surroundings can worsen Dry Eye symptoms. Changes to the air temperature, humidity and air quality happen with the changing seasons. Therefore, it’s natural that in certain seasons, your eyes might feel dryer.

Spring can bring about seasonal allergies such as hay fever, when allergens in the air are more prominent. Whereas cold weather can also irritate dry eyes due to the cold air outside and central heating indoors. [15]

We’ve written a blog on this that dives into dry eyes and the environment in more detail. Read it here: Can the Environment Cause Dry Eyes?

Woman blowing her nose in a field with yellow flowers

8. Surgeries

Some underlying eye conditions, such as cataracts may require surgery in some cases. While this is great for treating these conditions, some eye surgeries can increase your risk of dry eyes. [2] Fortunately, these symptoms are usually only temporary as Dry Eyes almost always improves within a few months, once the eye fully heals. [16]

To understand more about dry eyes after eye surgery, read our blog: Why do I Have Dry Eyes After Cataract Surgery?

Can dry eyes be cured?

Unfortunately, Dry Eye is a condition which does not have a cure, but many treatments can help to manage your symptoms. We’d always recommend trying several different treatments to find what works best for you. [2]

We’ll discuss some of these treatments below.

Treatment of dry eyes

Eye drops and gels are the most common form of medical treatment for Dry Eye. They work by lubricating the eyes to relieve symptoms to ease itchiness. You can also buy different types of eye drops which may suit different people and their conditions. Discover what these are in our blog: Find Out Which Dry Eye Treatment is Best For Your Condition.

There are also many lifestyle changes, supplements and vitamins that you could try to help prevent symptoms. For example, quitting smoking and increasing your vitamins can be a great place to start if you’re suffering with dry eyes. [7] [17]

Person putting eye drops in (close-up)

What’s the best eye gel for dry eyes?

Eye gel aims to lock in moisture and help to soothe the itching and redness associated with dry eyes. It comes in many forms such as tubes or drops, like our popular VisuXL Gel. Our VisuXL Gel can be used for day and night use, making it a good choice for people looking for a reliable eye gel treatment. It contains cross-linked sodium carboxymethylcellulose which is a safe, effective and long lasting lubricant. [18]

If you think you are suffering visit a GP, or explore this guide to which Dry Eye Treatment might be best for you: Find Out Which Dry Eye Treatment is Best For Your Condition.

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. NHS UK, ‘Dry Eyes’, NHS. Accessed June 2023.
  2. Cleveland Clinic, ‘DryEye’, Cleveland Clinic. Accessed June 2023.
  3. Anushree Sharma, Holly B. Hindman, ‘Aging: A Predisposition to Dry Eyes’. J Ophthalmol, 2014; 2014: 781683.
  4. Cintia S. de Paiva, ‘Effects of Aging in Dry Eye’, Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2017 Spring; 57(2): 47–64.
  5. Corinne O’Keefe Osborn, ‘Menopause and Dry Eyes: What’s the Link?’. Accessed February 2022.
  6. Monica Alves, Priscila Novaes, Monica de Andrade Morraye, Peter Sol Reinach, Eduardo Melani Rocha, ‘Is Dry Eye an Environmental Disease?’. Arq Bras Oftalmol, May-Jun 2014;77(3):193-200..
  7. Griffin, Morgan. ‘Smoking and Dry Eye’. Accessed February 2022.
  8. Dry Eye and Me, ‘6 Lifestyle Tips to Get Rid of Dry Eye’. Accessed February 2022.
  9. ‘Is Your Medication Causing Dry Eye?’, WedMD. Accessed June 2023.
  10. Wheeler, Regina Boyle. ‘Dry Eye and Screen Use’, WebMD, 21/06/21. Accessed October 2021.
  11. Stephanie Watson, ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’, WebMD. Accessed February 2022.
  12. Marcin, Ashley , ‘How Does the 20-20-20 Rule Prevent Eye Strain?’ Healthline. Accessed June 2023.
  13. ‘Causes’, Not a Dry Eye Foundation. Accessed February 2022.
  14. Specsavers, ‘Your Guide to Wearing Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes’. Accessed September 2021.
  15. Compete Eye Care of Medina, ‘Which Season Has The Greatest Impact on Dry Eyes?’. Accessed June 2023.
  16. Cathy Lovering, ‘Dry Eye Surgery: Are You a Candidate?’, Healthline. Accessed June 2023.
  17. Laurie Capogna, ‘The Best Supplements for Dry Eye’, My Eye Wellness. Accessed June 2023.
  18. VisuXL Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed June 2023.
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How to Find Your Perfect Eye Drop

Whether you’re using eye drops for hay fever, conditions like styes, or Dry Eye Disease, we’re here for you. Read on to find out our tips on how to put in eye drops for Dry Eye.

 

How to put in eye drops: Step-by-step instructions

Before you put your eye drops in, make sure that your hands are nice and clean. Additionally, have tissues nearby to wipe away any excess tears or drops that might occur.[1]

 

Step 1: Prepare

Wash your hands and make sure that you have everything you need around you.

 

Step 2: Tilt your head

Sit up and look up, or lay down if this is easier. 

 

Step 3: Pull down your eyelid

Pull your eyelid down and away from your eyeball, making a pocket for your drops.

 

Step 4: Squeeze the bottle

Put the prescribed number of drops into your eye, or the number of drops suggested on the bottle or instructions for use. You may have to squeeze or use a pump action to administer the drops.

 

Step 5: Close your eyes

Close your eye for at least one minute and hold your finger over your tear duct (the small hole in the corner of your eye).

 

Make sure that you always close the eye drop container after use.[2] If you use more than one type of eye medication, wait at least five minutes between using each type.[3]

 

Woman puts eye drops into her eyes

 

Should you blink after putting eye drops in?

This often depends on doctor’s advice. However, Dan T. Gudgel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that you should not blink. Instead, close your eyes for at least one minute.[4]

 

How long should you close your eyes after eye drops?

You should close your eyes for a minimum of one minute, to allow the drops to soak into your eyes and prevent them from soaking into your nose.[3]

 

How many times a day can you use eye drops?

The number of times a day you should use eye drops varies depending on the type of eye drop you choose. VisuXL® eye drops only need to be used two times a day, making them a solution that can become part of your daily routine.[2]  

 

Man putting eye drops into eye

 

How far away do you hold eye drops?

You should put eye drops within one inch of your eye, when you are applying them.[5] This allows you to aim better into the pocket that you have created.

 

How should I store eye drops?

Eye drops need to be stored effectively to prevent being spoiled. Bottles usually need to be kept in a cool, dry place, unless otherwise stated on the instructions for use.[6]

 

Best eye drops for dry eyes

We offer a vast range of eye drops for dry eyes, so that you can be prepared. From VisuXL® Gel to Xailin® Tears, we have everything you could need.

Our latest blog helps you to identify which Dry Eye products would suit your needs, based on your symptoms. For more information on eye gels and eye drops for dry eyes, visit this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. Healthline. ‘How to Use Eye Drops’. Accessed January 2023.
  2. VisuXL® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed January 2023.
  3. National Eye Institute. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, 23/07/21. Accessed January 2023.
  4. Dan T. Gudgel. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, American Academy of Ophthamology, 10/03/21. Accessed January 2023.
  5. WebMD. ‘How to Insert Eye Drops’, 21/08/22. Accessed January 2023.
  6. Dr.Manoj Rai Mehta. ‘How to Safely Store Eye Drop Dispensers at Home or Office’,Practo, 06/04/17. Accessed January 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eye

 

Are you struggling to navigate Dry Eye? Our team of experts are here for you.

Despite how many people it affects, there is little awareness about Dry Eye Syndrome, which can also be called Dry Eye Disease. This results in lots of frequently asked questions about the symptoms, causes and treatments of Dry Eye.

In this blog, our Dry Eye experts answer the most frequently searched questions about Dry Eye, with the aim of helping people who are unaware of the condition, and those who are already diagnosed with chronic Dry Eye Disease.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What is Dry Eye?
  2. What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?
  3. What causes Dry Eye?
  4. Can Dry Eye cause blurry vision?
  5. Can dry eyes cause headaches?
  6. Can dry eyes cause blindness?
  7. What does Dry Eye feel like?
  8. Can you cure Dry Eye?

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common eye condition that causes the surface of the eye to become dry and irritated. It affects one in four people in the UK and can be caused by a number of factors.[1]

There are two main types of Dry Eye:

Evaporative Dry Eye

This is the most common form of Dry Eye Syndrome, accounting for 85% of cases. This is caused by a problem with the lipid layer of tear film, making your tears dry up too quickly. This condition is linked to blepharitis, which is a condition usually caused by poor eyelid hygiene, with bacteria feeding on debris in the eyes and eyelids.[2][3] Learn more about this here: Blepharitis and Dry Eye

Aqueous Tear Deficient Dry Eye

This is when the lacrimal glands in your eyes don’t make enough tears to keep your eyes moist. Aqueous Tear Deficient Dry Eye accounts for only 10% of all Dry Eye disease cases.[3] This condition can be related to Sjögren’s syndrome, which is an autoimmune condition that affects your body’s ability to produce fluids.[4] You can find out more about this condition here: Dry Eye and Sjögren’s Syndrome

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?

Dry Eye affects everyone differently, but the most commonly experienced symptoms of Dry Eye include:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eyes are more watery than normal

If you have any of these symptoms you might be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.[5] However, they could be signs of another condition, so it is also important to consult your GP before seeking any treatment. We would also recommend visiting this page: Dry Eyes Treatment and Prevention

What causes Dry Eye?

Are you asking yourself ‘what causes dry eyes all of a sudden?’ There are many different causes of Dry Eye, and factors that can make a person more likely to experience the condition. As mentioned previously, the main trigger of Dry Eye Syndrome is a lack of sufficient lubricating tears – meaning the surface of the eye becomes dry and irritated.[1] Tears can be inadequate or unstable for many reasons, including:

1. Menopause

Did you know around 61% of perimenopausal and menopausal women are affected by Dry Eye Syndrome?[6] Women over the age of 50 are more likely to experience Dry Eye because of menopause. This is because of women’s decreasing androgen sex hormones, which can affect tear production.[7] For more information, click here: 5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause & Dry Eye

2. Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome is a condition that can occur if you spend long periods looking at a screen. This can cause problems like blurred vision, headaches and Dry Eye.[8] Find out more about this here: What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

3. Smoking and alcohol

Smoking or drinking alcohol are two huge causes of dry eye syndrome. This is because cigarette smoke can break down the tears on the eye’s surface and alcohol dehydrates the eyes, making it difficult for the body to produce enough tears. [9][10] Both of these factors can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision. Find out more here: Is Drinking Alcohol Bad for Your Eyes?

4. Contact lenses

Contact lenses are linked to Dry Eye because they limit oxygen flow into the eye, and oxygen is needed to develop natural tears.[11] Many people need contact lenses, so this cause is not always avoidable. Visit this page for our expert tips and advice: How to Manage Dry Eye If You Wear Contact Lenses

5. Health conditions

There are certain health conditions that can cause dry eyes, like blepharitis, Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.[12] Each of these can affect your dry eyes in different ways, for a variety of reasons. To find out more, click here: 6 Conditions That Cause Dry Eye

6. Medications

Blood pressure tablets and some antidepressants can be linked to Dry Eye, which can be a side effect from treatment.[5] Surgery for conditions, like cataract removal, can also cause this.[13] Learn more: Why Do I Have Dry Eyes After Cataract Surgery?

7. Environment

Air conditioning and heating, as well as windy, cold, dry and dusty environments, can cause Dry Eye.[5] Although some of these factors can be difficult to control, it is very important to be aware of them. Read this blog to find out more: Can the Environment Cause Dry Eyes?

8. Eating habits

The food we consume can affect how our bodies feel and function and our eyes are no exception to this. If you eat healthily, this can help you to manage symptoms and even decrease the severity of your Dry Eye.[14] Click here for more information: Best Foods to Eat If You Have Dry Eye

Can Dry Eye cause blurry vision?

Blurry vision is a symptom associated with Dry Eye Syndrome. Mostly blurry vision problems can be helped by using eye drops and other effective dry eye treatments, but they can also be related to other conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.[15] If you experience blurry vision and dry eyes, visit a GP before seeking treatment. To learn more about this, click here: Can Dry Eyes Cause Blurry Vision?

Can dry eyes cause headaches?

As a result of the blurry vision symptom of dry eyes, headaches can occur.[16] An article published in the National Library of Medicine found that dry eyes can cause differences in the length, symptoms, and severity of headaches.[17]

Can dry eyes cause blindness?

This can happen, but it is extremely rare. Blindness from dry eyes can occur when your eye’s cornea is damaged, as scarring can lead to impaired vision. If you start with dry eyes, it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible to prevent blindness.[18]

What does Dry Eye feel like?

Dry Eye has many different possible symptoms, so it can feel different for everyone. Many people with Dry Eye report feeling like there is something in their eye, or experiencing a gritty sensation.[19]

Can you cure Dry Eye?

Depending on the severity of the Dry Eye, it might cease to be a problem with effective treatment, or might recur throughout someone’s life. There is no current cure for chronic Dry Eye, but there are many treatment options and lifestyle changes that can be made to ease symptoms and maintain a great quality of life.[20]

Our team of experts have handpicked the best Dry Eye treatments, and launched them on our new website. From eye gels to eye drops, you’re sure to find a soothing solution. Visit our new online shop today: Visufarma Shop

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

 

 

References

  1. Association of Optometrists, ‘Dry eye syndrome’. Accessed August 2023.
  2. Lovering, C. ‘How Are Blepharitis and Dry Eye Syndrome Connected?’, Healthline, 26/10/2022. Accessed August 2023.
  3. Findlay Q, Reid K. ‘Dry eye disease: when to treat and when to refer’, Aust Prescr. 2018 Oct;41(5):160-163. Epub 1/10/2018. Accessed August 2023.
  4. Jewell, T. ‘What is Aqueous-Deficient Dry Eye?’, Healthline, 18/10/2022. Accessed August 2023.
  5. NHS, ‘Dry eyes’, 06/12/2021. Accessed August 2023.
  6. The Dry Eye Center Of NY & NJ, ‘What’s the Link Between Dry Eye and Menopause?’, 08/04/2021. Accessed August 2023.
  7. O’Keefe Osborn, C. ‘Menopause and Dry Eyes: What’s the Link?’, Healthline, 02/04/2020. Accessed August 2023.
  8. Nunez, K. ‘7 Ways to Ease Computer Vision Syndrome’, Healthline, 04/03/2021. Accessed August 2023.
  9. Morgan Griffin, R. ‘Smoking and Dry Eye’, WebMD, 30/05/2023. Accessed August 2023.
  10. You, Young-Sheng, Qu, Nai-Bin, Yu, Xiao-Ning, ‘Alcohol consumption and dry eye syndrome: a Meta-analysis’, International Journal of Ophthalmology, 2016; 9(10): 1487–1492. Accessed December 2021.
  11. Specsavers, ‘Your guide to wearing contact lenses for dry eyes’. Accessed August 2023.
  12. American Academy of Ophthalmology, ‘What Is Dry Eye? Symptoms, Causes and Treatment’. Accessed August 2023.
  13. Nunez, K. ‘Is It Normal to Have Dry Eyes After Cataract Surgery?’, Healthline, 20/10/2021. Accessed August 2023.
  14. Hornick, L. Lensky Sipes, K. ‘A Dietary Approach to Dry Eye Disease Management’, Modern Optometry, 03/2021. Accessed August 2023.
  15. Watson, K. ‘What Causes Dry Eyes and Blurry Vision?’, Healthline, 21/08/2020. Accessed August 2023.
  16. Total Vision, ‘Can Dry Eye Cause Headaches?’, 15/12/2022. Accessed August 2023.
  17. Baksh BS, Garcia JC, Galor A. ‘Exploring the Link Between Dry Eye and Migraine: From Eye to Brain’, Eye Brain, 03/2021, 4;13:41-57. Accessed August 2023.
  18. Eye Clinic London, ‘Can Dry Eye Cause Blindness?’. Accessed August 2023.
  19. WebMD, ‘What Causes Dry Eyes?’, 12/05/2022. Accessed August 2023.
  20. Daniels, L. ‘Can you permanently cure dry eyes?’, Medical News Today, 09/02/2023. Accessed August 2023.
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Everything You Need To Know About Dry Eye In Winter

Whether you’re using eye drops for hay fever, conditions like styes, or Dry Eye Disease, we’re here for you. Read on to find out our tips on how to put in eye drops for Dry Eye.

 

How to put in eye drops: Step-by-step instructions

Before you put your eye drops in, make sure that your hands are nice and clean. Additionally, have tissues nearby to wipe away any excess tears or drops that might occur.[1]

 

Step 1: Prepare

Wash your hands and make sure that you have everything you need around you.

 

Step 2: Tilt your head

Sit up and look up, or lay down if this is easier. 

 

Step 3: Pull down your eyelid

Pull your eyelid down and away from your eyeball, making a pocket for your drops.

 

Step 4: Squeeze the bottle

Put the prescribed number of drops into your eye, or the number of drops suggested on the bottle or instructions for use. You may have to squeeze or use a pump action to administer the drops.

 

Step 5: Close your eyes

Close your eye for at least one minute and hold your finger over your tear duct (the small hole in the corner of your eye).

 

Make sure that you always close the eye drop container after use.[2] If you use more than one type of eye medication, wait at least five minutes between using each type.[3]

 

Woman puts eye drops into her eyes

 

Should you blink after putting eye drops in?

This often depends on doctor’s advice. However, Dan T. Gudgel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that you should not blink. Instead, close your eyes for at least one minute.[4]

 

How long should you close your eyes after eye drops?

You should close your eyes for a minimum of one minute, to allow the drops to soak into your eyes and prevent them from soaking into your nose.[3]

 

How many times a day can you use eye drops?

The number of times a day you should use eye drops varies depending on the type of eye drop you choose. VisuXL® eye drops only need to be used two times a day, making them a solution that can become part of your daily routine.[2]  

 

Man putting eye drops into eye

 

How far away do you hold eye drops?

You should put eye drops within one inch of your eye, when you are applying them.[5] This allows you to aim better into the pocket that you have created.

 

How should I store eye drops?

Eye drops need to be stored effectively to prevent being spoiled. Bottles usually need to be kept in a cool, dry place, unless otherwise stated on the instructions for use.[6]

 

Best eye drops for dry eyes

We offer a vast range of eye drops for dry eyes, so that you can be prepared. From VisuXL® Gel to Xailin® Tears, we have everything you could need.

Our latest blog helps you to identify which Dry Eye products would suit your needs, based on your symptoms. For more information on eye gels and eye drops for dry eyes, visit this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

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References

  1. Healthline. ‘How to Use Eye Drops’. Accessed January 2023.
  2. VisuXL® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed January 2023.
  3. National Eye Institute. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, 23/07/21. Accessed January 2023.
  4. Dan T. Gudgel. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, American Academy of Ophthamology, 10/03/21. Accessed January 2023.
  5. WebMD. ‘How to Insert Eye Drops’, 21/08/22. Accessed January 2023.
  6. Dr.Manoj Rai Mehta. ‘How to Safely Store Eye Drop Dispensers at Home or Office’,Practo, 06/04/17. Accessed January 2023.
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