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Relieve Dry Eyes with Artificial Tears

DR. DEEPALI VELANI In Dry Eyes Treatment

Sep 02, 2023 | 4 min read

How often do you experience itching, redness and stinging or burning sensation in your eyes ? Do you experience discomfort, a gritty sensation, or blurry vision?

Well, these symptoms could indicate a common condition known as Dry eyes.

Dry eyes occur when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. But fear not – relief is within reach.

In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the world of artificial tears, a simple yet effective solution to alleviate dry eye discomfort.

Understanding Dry Eyes: Unmasking the Discomfort

Dry eyes can result from various factors such as age, environmental conditions, digital device usage, medical conditions, hormonal conditions especially in women and certain medications. When your eyes lack adequate lubrication, they become vulnerable to irritation and inflammation. Over time, this discomfort can impact your daily activities and overall quality of life.

The Role of Tears: first protective barrier of eyes

Tears are not just a reaction to emotions; they are a complex blend of water, oils, mucus and antibodies that nourish, protect, and maintain the health of your eyes. When this delicate balance is disrupted, dry eyes can take center stage.

Artificial Tears: A Soothing Solution

Artificial tears, also known as lubricating eye drops, mimic the composition of natural tears, providing relief and hydration to dry eyes. These drops come in a variety of formulations, catering to different types of dry eye conditions. Some are thicker preparations with higher viscosity providing prolonged relief due to their prolonged retention over ocular surface, while others are preservative-free, making them gentler on sensitive eyes.

Choosing the Right Formula: Decoding Artificial Tears

Selecting the appropriate artificial tears involves understanding your specific dry eye symptoms and preferences. Consult your eye care professional to determine the best formulation for you:

  • Lubricant-Based: These drops replace moisture and provide immediate relief. They’re great for mild to moderate dryness.
  • Oil-Based: Ideal for evaporative dry eyes. These drops restore the oily layer of tears, reducing evaporation.
  • Preservative-Free: If your eyes are sensitive, preservative-free drops are a gentle option to prevent further irritation.
  • Gel or Ointment: Thicker formulations offer extended relief, making them ideal for night-time use.

Proper Application: Mastering the Technique

Applying artificial tears correctly maximizes their effectiveness:

  • Wash Hands: Clean hands reduce the risk of introducing dirt or bacteria.
  • Tilt-Head Back: Look up, and pull down the lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
  • Squeeze the Drop: Gently squeeze the bottle and aim for the pocket, avoiding direct contact with the eyes or eyelashes.
    A single drop from the bottle is enough.
  • Close Eyes: Close your eyes for a few moments to evenly distribute the tears.
  • Wipe Excess: If any excess liquid remains, gently blot it with a clean tissue.

Dos and Don’ts: Navigating Artificial Tears

  • Do: Use artificial tears as directed by your eye care professional.
  • Do: Store them according to package instructions to prevent contamination.
  • Do: Consult your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen.
  • Don’t: Share your eye drops with others.
  • Don’t: Use drops that have changed color or consistency.
  • Don’t: Use eyedrops which have been opened or used many months ago or have expired.

Dos and Don'ts Navigating Artificial Tears.

Beyond Artificial Tears: Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Eyes

Supplement your dry eye relief routine with these lifestyle adjustments/ modifications.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking water supports tear production.
  • Blink Regularly: Be conscious of blinking, especially during screen time.
  • Use Humidifiers: Maintain indoor humidity levels to prevent evaporation.
  • Position Screens: Ensure screens are at eye level to minimize strain.
  • Protect Eyes: Wear sunglasses outdoors to shield your eyes from wind and sun.
  • Use of blue light blocking glasses during screen time is recommended.

Conclusion: Embracing Clear, Comfortable Vision

Dry eyes need not disrupt your life. With the power of artificial tears and a few simple lifestyle changes, you can relieve discomfort, maintain healthy eyes and enjoy clear vision once more. Remember, while artificial tears provide temporary relief, a visit to your eye care professional is essential for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Embrace the comfort and clarity your eyes deserve – it’s a small step with a big impact on your overall well-being.

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DR. DEEPALI VELANI

DR. DEEPALI VELANI

MBBS, DOMS (KGMU, LUCKNOW), DNB, FELLOWSHIP IN CORNEA AND REFRACTIVE (DR. AGARWALS EYE HOSPITAL, CHENNAI)

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