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How to Manage Dry Eye If You Wear Contact Lenses

It is commonly assumed that Dry Eye Syndrome and contact lenses don’t mix. However, it is possible to wear contacts if you have Dry Eye, it’s just not easy.

 

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.1

 

The lens material also limits tear exchange between the outer and inner layers of the eye. Soft contact lenses also absorb moisture from your eye to stay hydrated and soft, hence why your eyes can feel dry and itchy after hours of wearing them.2

 

Luckily, there are several things you can do to make contact lens use with Dry Eye Syndrome more comfortable.

 

  • Practice good hand hygiene:

 

This minimises the risk of  transferring germs from fingers to the lens, which can cause infections and aggravate existing dry eye problems.3

 

  • Never sleep with your contacts in:

 

Unless you use extended-wear lenses or ortho-k lenses, never sleep with your contact lenses in. Sleeping in your contacts can often happen by accident, but it makes you 6 times more likely to get an eye infection.4

 

  • Use new contact lens solution every day:

 

Don’t top up or reuse contact solution from one day to the next. It is much better for your eyes to empty out the solution as soon as you’ve taken out the contacts, and replace it with fresh liquid. Reusing contact lens solution can lead to infection and inflammation, which increases the severity of Dry Eye symptoms.5

 

  • Always change to a fresh pair of lenses as directed:

 

It is normal to accidentally use a pair of contacts beyond their recommended time if we are busy and forget to switch to a new pair. It seems relatively harmless, but can lead to a build-up of debris on the lens surface.6 This can be very damaging to the eyes, increasing the risk of irritation and infection.

 

  • Go contact lens free for a few hours a day:

 

Your eyes need to breathe, as without oxygen and nutrients they can’t make enough tears. Give your eyes a break from contact lenses for a few hours a day, every day, preferably before bed.7

 

  • Use eye drops that are contact lens friendly:

 

Not all eye drops can be used with contact lenses, and even when you find some that are, they need to be effective in treating Dry Eye.8

 

All of the VisuFamily range of products are contact lens friendly and designed to provide long lasting protection and relief to improve the quality of life for patients living with Dry Eye Syndrome.

For more information about eye drops that are contact lens friendly, visit the VISUfarma website.

 

References

  1. Specsavers, ‘Your Guide to Wearing Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes’, Accessed Sep 2021:.https://www.specsavers.co.uk/contact-lenses/eye-conditions-symptoms/contact-lenses-for-dry-eyes
  2. Lazarus, Russell. ‘Burning Eyes at Night’ Optometrists Network, 6th February 2021. https://www.optometrists.org/general-practice-optometry/guide-to-eye-conditions/dry-eye/guide-to-eye-drops/burning-eyes-at-night/ Last accessed Sep 2021
  3. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Health System. (no date). Signs of Infection from Contact Lenses. Accesed Sep 2021: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/Ophthalmology/ContactLens/SignsofInfectionfromContactLenses.pdf
  4. Joy, Rebecca. ‘Why Sleeping in Contacts May Endanger Your Eyes’, Healthline, July 2019, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/sleeping-with-contacts
  5. Miller, Korin. ‘8 Contact Lens Rules People With Dry Eyes Should Always Follow’, Self, Sep 2018, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.self.com/story/contact-lens-rules-dry-eyes
  6.   Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Health System. (no date). Signs of Infection from Contact Lenses. Accesed Sep 2021: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/Ophthalmology/ContactLens/SignsofInfectionfromContactLenses.pdf
  7.   Miller, Korin. ‘8 Contact Lens Rules People With Dry Eyes Should Always Follow’, Self, Sep 2018, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.self.com/story/contact-lens-rules-dry-eyes
  8. Young, Erica. ‘The Best Eye Drops for Your Contact Lenses’. Healthcare Weekly, June 2021, Accessed Sep 2021:https://healthcareweekly.com/eye-drops-for-contacts/

 

Date of preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0289

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8 Foods to Eat If You Have Dry Eye

How lifestyle changes can affect Dry Eye Syndrome:

 

Dry Eye Syndrome is a multifactorial disease, which means that many different factors contribute to the disease and symptoms that sufferers of Dry Eye experience.

By that same token, there are many different treatments and methods that can be used to alleviate Dry Eye symptoms.

Medications, artificial tears and eye drops such as VisuXL Gel are essential components in any treatment plan for sufferers of chronic Dry Eye Syndrome, and provide the backbone to any other methods of alleviation.

But lifestyle changes can work in tandem with medication to help alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life for people living with Dry Eye.

One of the main ways people can do this is by making healthy eating choices and discovering which foods are good for combating Dry Eye.

 

Which foods are beneficial:

 

• Leafy Greens:

Leafy greens like kale, spinach and even broccoli are rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.1 These help to protect your eyes from damaging light and decay as the eyes age.2 They also contain vitamin C which is itself an antioxidant, and helps the body create collagen, a protein which provides structure to your eyes and helps them regenerate.3

• Fish:

Fish, and molluscs like oysters contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help to reduce inflammation in the eyes, especially in the tear ducts.4 This is extremely beneficial to people suffering from Dry Eye, because it can aid the quantity and quality of tear production, alleviating symptoms.5

• Sweet Potato and Carrots:

Carrots contain a good natural amount of Vitamin A, and sweet potatoes contain even more.6

Vitamin A plays a key role in maintaining a clear cornea, the outer layer of film around your eye.7 It is also a component of rhodospin, a protein in your eyes that helps you to see in low light conditions.8 These things combined make it an essential dietary requirement for Dry Eye patients, because it helps to protect and strengthen your eyes.

• Citrus Fruits:

As most people know, citrus fruits are packed full of vitamin C, which, as mentioned above, is an antioxidant key to preserving eye health. There has also been evidence that antioxidants can help prevent age related macular degeneration and cataracts.9

• Nuts:

Nuts, especially almonds, walnuts and cashews, are high in Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E.10 Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects your eyes from being damaged by harmful free radicals that cause cells to degenerate as you age.11 12 Other good sources of Vitamin E include avocados and salmon.13

• Seeds:

Seeds, like chia and flax seeds are another great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and a brilliant alternative for vegetarians.14

• Beans:

All types of beans are great to eat anyway, for a well balanced diet full of fibre and protein, but they are even more beneficial for Dry Eye sufferers as they contain folate and zinc. Zinc helps your body to create melanin, which prevents your eyes from damage and is vital in preventing and treating Dry Eye Syndrome.15

• Last but not least, water, water, water!

Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, like the rest of the body. So, drinking enough water can help to keep them hydrated. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.16

Improving your diet and hydrating can really help to alleviate symptoms of Dry Eye, but they are not a complete cure and preventative treatment as eye drops and artificial tears should still be used to manage the condition.

Using VisuXL drops in conjunction with a balanced diet is a great way to combine preventive care and alleviate symptoms. Visit the Visufarma website to explore a range of treatments that can be used in conjunction with a balanced diet to treat symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome.

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References
1. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Opthamology, Jan 2020, Accessed September 2021: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes
2. BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’, Feb 2020. Accessed Sep 2021. https://www.bergfeinfield.com/6-foods-help-dry-eye/
3. Meek, K, M., Fullwood, N, J. ‘Corneal and Scleral Collagens–A Microscopist’s Perspective’, Micron, 2001 Apr;32(3):261-72.
4. BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’.
5. Periman, Laura, ‘Studying the role of omegas in dry eye disease: Beyond the DREAM’, Opthamology Times, July 2018, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/studying-role-omegas-dry-eye-disease-beyond-dream
6. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health
7. Meixner, Malaka. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, July 2018, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins
8. US National Institues of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, ‘Fact Sheet on Vitamin A’, March 2021, Accessed Sep 2021: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/
9. Porter, Daniel,.Gregori, Ninel, Z. ‘Diet and Nutrition’, American Academy of Opthamology, Nov 2020, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/diet-nutrition
10.BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’.
11.Meixner, Malaka. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’.
12.Fletcher, A E. ‘Free radicals, antioxidants and eye diseases: evidence from epidemiological studies on cataract and age-related macular degeneration’, Ophthalmic Research’, 2010;44(3):191-8
13.Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’
14. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’
15.BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’
16.Cmplete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.completeeyecare.net/featured-articles/how-does-hydration-affect-my-eyes/

Date of preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0289

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5 Ways to Manage Your Dry Eye in Winter

As the nights draw in and the weather begins to get colder, many sufferers of Dry Eye Syndrome will be worrying about the winter months ahead and what it means for their condition.

 

Why are my Dry Eye symptoms worse in the winter months?

 

During the winter, the air becomes colder and bitter winds can create harsh outdoor environments. This weather causes many people to suffer from dry skin and chapped lips, and our eyes are no exception. For people that already suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, this can result in very troublesome symptoms when going outside during winter.1

 

Furthermore, increased use of heaters inside makes the air inside our homes and places of work dryer, increasing the risk of dry, itchy eyes inside as well as outside.

 

Ways to combat Dry Eye this winter

 

Drink lots of fluids:

 

This is important all year round, but especially in winter, as keeping your body hydrated helps to maintain moisture in your eyes.2

 

Don’t let heat blow directly onto your face:

 

Hot air blowing directly towards your face can reduce moisture in your eyes. So when you are using portable heaters, or car heaters this season, make sure the heat is directed towards your body, not your face, to avoid this problem.3

 

Protect your eyes when outside:

 

Whenever you can, try to wear either sunglasses or wrap-around glasses when you go outside. These will help to protect your eyes from drying winds during the autumn and winter. 4

 

Don’t get too close to wood-burning fires:

 

We all love a cosy open fire when it’s cold outside. But unfortunately, the smoke can be irritating for sufferers of dry eye, especially when the fire is outside as wind can blow the smoke directly towards your face, causing itching and burning sensations. So it’s best to keep a safe distance away or avoid open fires all together this season if you are suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.

 

Use VisuXL® Gel twice a day:

 

VisuXL® Gel forms a protective cushion over the surface of the eye, protecting it from the worst of the winter weather.5 It provides 12-hour protection with just one drop, enabling you to go out all day in the cold and all night in a heated house without suffering from dry eye symptoms.5 6

 

To find out more about eye drops and to find an eye drop that suits you and your lifestyle visit our VISUfarma Shop.

 

References

  1. Kumar, Naresh, Feurer, William, Lanza, Nicole, and Glaor, Anat. ‘Seasonal Variation in Dry Eye’, Ophthalmology, 2015 Aug; 122(8): pp.1727–1729.
  2. Preidt, Robert. ‘How to Fight Dry Itchy Eyes this Winter’, Healthday Reporter, Dec. 26, 2017, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/news/20171226/how-to-fight-dry-itchy-eyes-this-winter Accessed August 2021.
  3. Miller, Korin. ‘8 Ways in Keep Winter From Making Your Dry Eyes Worse’ Self, 11th December 2018, https://www.self.com/story/winter-dry-eyes Accessed August 2021.
  4. Nall, Rachel. ‘Treating (and Preventing) Dry Eyes in Winter’, Healthline, 30th Sept. 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-eyes-in-winter Accessed August 2021.
  5. VisuXL Gel Instructions for Use (IFU).
  6. 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.

 

† In an animal model.

 

Date of Preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0287

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep with Dry Eye

For sufferers of Dry Eye Syndrome, symptoms can often be worse at night time because the eyes have been open and exposed to dry air all day. 1

This irritation can make it difficult to sleep properly, which itself can make Dry Eye symptoms worse over time due to tiredness and lack of rest for the eyes.

 

What makes Dry Eye get worse at night?

 

There are multiple reasons why Dry Eye symptoms can worsen at night.

Nocturnal lagophthalmos:

This condition means that the eyelids are unable to close properly at night or appear to close but don’t form a seal that holds in moisture. So, the eyes are exposed to dry air during the night which can increase irritation and itching. 2

The body’s metabolism changes at night:

During the night, when the body is relaxed and sleeping, your metabolism slows. This is because the body functions slow, blood circulation slows and there are fewer nutrients reaching the eye, therefore fewer tears are produced.3

For people who already suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, this can result in worse symptoms during the night because they already deal with problems to do with the quality and quantity of tear production.

Screen time

Spending lots of time in front of your computer or smartphone reduces your blink rate. This can cause eye strain and Dry Eye, which may feel worse in the evening after a long day of work, especially as 95% of us use some sort of electronic device right before we go to sleep.4

Prolonged contact lens use

Soft contact lenses absorb moisture from your eye to stay hydrated and soft. Therefore, many people who wear them find that after a long day, by the time they are ready for bed, their eyes can be dry and itchy.5

 

How to treat Dry Eye at night

 

If you’re looking to manage your dry eye during the night, there are some great home remedies and medications to help you ease symptoms when you are in bed.

Use a warm compress

Before bed, apply a warm compress to your eyes, which can help to melt the oils blocking your ocular glands. 6

A specialist compress, such as MeiboPatch does this even more effectively by maintaining the correct temperature automatically, whereas a warm flannel quickly gets cold. 7 8

Stay Hydrated

This is a general rule of thumb for sufferers of dry eye, because staying well hydrated has been scientifically proven to help ease symptoms. Consistently drinking water throughout the day can therefore help to lessen the impact of symptoms at night.9

Make sure your eyes are clean

After applying the compress and massaging your glands, you will need to clean away the secretions from your unblocked glands and any dirt and irritants that have built up during the day.10 For the best results, use Naviblef® Intensive Care or  Naviblef® Daily Care foam to cleanse the eyes, as they are non-greasy and non-irritant.11

Try to keep the air as humid as possible

By turning on a humidifier in your room a night, you fill the air with moisture and protect your eyes from potential dryness.12

Use VisuXL Gel before bed

VisuXL Gel provides 12-hour protection from Dry Eye symptoms. 13 14†  So, using it straight before you go to sleep protects your eyes from drying out whilst you rest, and helps you have a great night’s sleep. 12

For more information about VisuXL Gel and other treatments to relieve dry eye at night, visit our VisuFarma Website.15

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References

  1. Lazarus, Russell. ‘Burning Eyes at Night’ Optometrists Network, 6th February 2021. https://www.optometrists.org/general-practice-optometry/guide-to-eye-conditions/dry-eye/guide-to-eye-drops/burning-eyes-at-night/ Last accessed August 2021.
  2. Latkany, Robert, Lock, Barbara, and Speaker, Mark. ‘Nocturnal lagophthalmos: an overview and classification’, The Occular Surface, 2006 Jan;4(1):44-53.
  3. Russell. ‘Burning Eyes at Night’ Optometrists Network.
  4. Dohenny, Kathleen. ‘Sleep and Technology Don’t Mix: Sleep Poll’, WebMD, 6th March 2011. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20110306/sleep-and-technology-dont-mix-sleep-poll Accessed August 2021.
  5. Russell. ‘Burning Eyes at Night’ Optometrists Network.
  6.  Baumann A, Cochener B. [Meibomian gland dysfunction: a comparative study of modern treatments]. Journal francais d’ophtalmologie. 2014; 37(4): 303-12
  7. Dupont L, Nochez Y, Pisella P, Cochener B, Gicquel J. Assessment of the improvement of the quality of vision after Meibopatch© treatment, with OQAS and Hartmann Shack .
  8. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU)
  9. Walsh, Neil. Fortes, Matthew. Raymond-Barker, Phillipa. et al. ‘Is Whole-Body Hydration an Important Consideration in Dry Eye’, IOVS, September 2012, Vol.53, 6622-6627.
  10. Lovering, Cathy, ‘Why You Have Dry Eyes at Night and How to Soothe Them’, Healthline, Jan 15th 2021, https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-eye/dry-eyes-at-night Accessed August 2021.
  11. Naviblef® Daily Care and Naviblef® Intensive Care instructions for use (IFU)
  12. Huizen, Jennifer. ‘What to Know about Dry Eyes at Night’, Medical News Today, Feb 25th 2021, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/dry-eyes-at-night Accessed August 2021
  13. VisuXL Instructions for use (IFU)
  14. 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
  15. VisuXL Instructions for use (IFU)

† In an animal model.

Date of Preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0287

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How to Manage Your Dry Eye Syndrome When You Return to the Office

Returning to the office after working from home for such a long time is daunting for many. If you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome you may find that your symptoms worsen when you change your environment and return to office-based working.

Air-conditioning, less regular breaks and a different routine can all result in your eyes becoming dryer, more irritated and sore. Here are our top tips for managing your dry eye condition as you return to the office.

Step away from the screens

Blink rate reduces considerably when using screens, which, combined with increased incomplete blinking, can drastically worsen dry eye symptoms.1

Take regular breaks to rest your eyes from digital screens and reduce dry eye symptoms. One technique to ensure this is the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also complement this by doing eye exercises.

Opt for glasses over contact lenses

Keep a pair of glasses in your desk drawer. Contact lenses can dry out your eyes so reducing the amount of time spent wearing them can ease the symptoms of dry eye.2

Avoid the air conditioning unit

Sit as far away from the air conditioning unit as possible. Air conditioning reduces the amount of humidity in the air which can dry out your eyes causing them to become itchy and sore.3

Look down at your screen

Simply adjusting your compute monitor so it’s below your eye level can help prevent dry eyes. When you’re looking down your eyelids are partially closed which stops your eyes from drying.3

Use a lubricating eye drop to relieve dry eye symptoms

Eye drops can provide lubrication to the eye to relieve dry eye sensations. Introduce VisuXL Gel into your morning routine. The smart gel dry eye treatment provides 12-hour dosing with just one drop.4-7

To find out more about eye drops and to find an eye drop that suits you and your lifestyle visit our Visufarma website.

VisuXL

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VisuXL Gel

Buy now

VisuEVO

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References

1. Mehra, D & Galor, A. Digital Screen Use and Dry Eye: A Review, Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology: November-December 2020. Volume 9. Issue 6: 491-497

2. Pearson, Sonia, ‘Chronic Dry Eye and Contact Lenses’, Healthline https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-eye/chronic-dry-eye-and-contact-lenses#Takeaway- Last Accessed August 2021

3. Vision Direct, ‘How to avoid dry eyes and eye strain in the office’ https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/blog/dry-eyes-in-the-office Last Accessed August 2021

4. VisuXL Gel Instructions for Use (IFU)

5. Ibrahim SS. The Role of Surface Active Agents in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery: A Comprehensive
Review. J Pharm Sci 2019; 108(6): 1923-1933.

6. Almeida H, Amaral MH, Lobão P, et al. Applications of poloxamers in ophthalmic pharmaceutical
formulations: an overview. Expert Opin Drug Deliv 2013; 10(9): 1223-1237.

7. Dumortier G, Grossiord JL, Agnely F, et al. A review of poloxamer 407 pharmaceutical and
pharmacological characteristics. Pharm Res 2006; 23(12): 2709-2728.

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6 Ways to Prevent Dry Eye From Ruining Your Holiday

With the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the introduction of the ‘Green List’ many people are beginning to plan their long-awaited summer holidays. However, for dry eye sufferers the thought of having to manage their condition whilst travelling can be daunting. 

Reduced humidity levels can cause symptoms of itchiness, redness and dry eyes. According to the WHO, humidity levels on an aeroplane are less than 20% which is lower than in the Sahara desert Changes in temperature and dehydration can also have a drying effect on your eyes.1

We’ve put together these top tips to help you enjoy your holiday and prevent the symptoms of dry eye from ruining your well-earned break.

Drink plenty of water

Dehydration is one of the main causes of dry eye as it leads to decreased tear production – if you’re lucky enough to be travelling to warmer climes. 

Increase the humidity

Air conditioning reduces the humidity in a room which can cause dry and itchy eyes.2 Consider packing a small humidifier or enquire at your hotel to find out if they provide them to combat the effects of the air conditioning unit. If your eyes become extremely dry or sore, turn the shower to hot and allow the bathroom to fill with steam. This extra moisture will soothe your dry eyes.

Ditch the screens

Give your eyes a rest and reduce the amount of time you spend on your tablet or smartphone. Why not try taking a break to rest your eyes by going for a refreshing walk in beautiful scenery, or listening to the radio or a podcast.

Wear an eye mask

Your eyes can lose moisture even when your eyes are closed. Often the eyelids don’t close completely resulting in dry eyes. Wearing an eye mask when you’re sleeping or on an aeroplane can help to reduce dry eye symptoms.3

Leave the contact lenses at home

Wearing your glasses rather than contact lenses can reduce the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome. Give your eyes a well-earned rest and pop your glasses on to reduce irritation. If you aren’t a glasses wearer ensure you wear your sunglasses outside to prevent the wind from drying out your eyes.

Check your eye drops

VisuXL Gel provides 12-hour dosing with just one drop so use it before you travel and then pop it in your checked luggage to avoid the trouble of putting it in a separate liquids bag in your hand luggage.4 If you prefer to travel with your eye drops in your hand luggage VisuXL Gel comes in a 10ml bottle so it’s perfect for travelling.

To find out more about eye drops and to find an eye drop that suits you visit our Visufarma website.

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References
  1. World Health Organisation, ‘Air Travel Advice’ https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/air-travel-advice Last Accessed August 2021
  2. NHS, ‘Dry Eyes’ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/ Last Accessed August 2021
  3. Danbury Dry Eye Doctors, ‘Preventing Dry Eyes During Air Travel’ https://www.danburyeyedoctors.com/eye-care-services/dry-eye-treatment/preventing-dry-eyes-during-air-travel/ Last Accessed August 2021
  4. VisuXL Gel Instruction for Use (IFU)
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Eye Surgery & Dry Eye Sensations

Returning to the office after working from home for such a long time is daunting for many. If you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome you may find that your symptoms worsen when you change your environment and return to office-based working.

Air-conditioning, less regular breaks and a different routine can all result in your eyes becoming dryer, more irritated and sore. Here are our top tips for managing your dry eye condition as you return to the office.

Step away from the screens

Blink rate reduces considerably when using screens, which, combined with increased incomplete blinking, can drastically worsen dry eye symptoms.1

Take regular breaks to rest your eyes from digital screens and reduce dry eye symptoms. One technique to ensure this is the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also complement this by doing eye exercises.

Opt for glasses over contact lenses

Keep a pair of glasses in your desk drawer. Contact lenses can dry out your eyes so reducing the amount of time spent wearing them can ease the symptoms of dry eye.2

Avoid the air conditioning unit

Sit as far away from the air conditioning unit as possible. Air conditioning reduces the amount of humidity in the air which can dry out your eyes causing them to become itchy and sore.3

Look down at your screen

Simply adjusting your compute monitor so it’s below your eye level can help prevent dry eyes. When you’re looking down your eyelids are partially closed which stops your eyes from drying.3

Use a lubricating eye drop to relieve dry eye symptoms

Eye drops can provide lubrication to the eye to relieve dry eye sensations. Introduce VisuXL Gel into your morning routine. The smart gel dry eye treatment provides 12-hour dosing with just one drop.4-7

To find out more about eye drops and to find an eye drop that suits you and your lifestyle visit our Visufarma website.

VisuXL

Buy now

VisuXL Gel

Buy now

VisuEVO

Buy now

References

1. Mehra, D & Galor, A. Digital Screen Use and Dry Eye: A Review, Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology: November-December 2020. Volume 9. Issue 6: 491-497

2. Pearson, Sonia, ‘Chronic Dry Eye and Contact Lenses’, Healthline https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-eye/chronic-dry-eye-and-contact-lenses#Takeaway- Last Accessed August 2021

3. Vision Direct, ‘How to avoid dry eyes and eye strain in the office’ https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/blog/dry-eyes-in-the-office Last Accessed August 2021

4. VisuXL Gel Instructions for Use (IFU)

5. Ibrahim SS. The Role of Surface Active Agents in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery: A Comprehensive
Review. J Pharm Sci 2019; 108(6): 1923-1933.

6. Almeida H, Amaral MH, Lobão P, et al. Applications of poloxamers in ophthalmic pharmaceutical
formulations: an overview. Expert Opin Drug Deliv 2013; 10(9): 1223-1237.

7. Dumortier G, Grossiord JL, Agnely F, et al. A review of poloxamer 407 pharmaceutical and
pharmacological characteristics. Pharm Res 2006; 23(12): 2709-2728.

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Menopause and Dry Eye Disease (DED)

It has been identified that people over the age of 50 are at a greater risk of experiencing Dry Eye Disease.1 Postmenopausal women, however, are particularly prone to dry eyes, this is because sex hormones such as androgens and oestrogen affect tear production. 2

Previously, it was thought that low oestrogen levels were responsible for causing dry eyes in postmenopausal women, but new investigations show that androgens play a role in this cause.2 Androgens are present in both males and females, but females present lower levels which then decreases after menopause affecting the balance of tear production causing dry eyes.2

Dry eye disease can present the following symptoms:1

  • Itchy eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitive to light
  • Eyes more watery than normal
  • Tears drying up (tear evaporation)
  • Decreased tear production

Tips for dealing with dry eyes during menopause

  1. Eat well and stay hydrated.
    Drink lots of fluids to properly hydrate your body and eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin A to encourage healthy tear production and prevent dry eye.2
  2. Use a humidifier to prevent dry eyes.
    If you are in a dry environment for long periods of time, such as in a heated or air-conditioned room, consider using a humidifier to stop the air getting dry.1
  3. Cut down on smoking and drinking.
    Do not smoke or drink too much alcohol as this can profoundly affect your dry eye symptoms.1
  4. Take regular breaks from digital activity to relieve itchy eyes.
    Take regular breaks to rest your eyes from digital screens can prevent dry eyes.1 One technique in ensuring this is the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also compliment this by doing eye exercises.
  5. Wear your glasses if you have irritated eyes.
    If you’re a contact lens wearer, you may find it beneficial to wear your glasses to give your eyes a rest.1
  6. Blink!
    As we stare at screens, our blink rate is reduced. Blinking lubricates the eye and thickens the lipid layer of our tear film, reforming the tear layer and reducing dry eye symptoms.3
  7. Use a lubricating eye drop to relieve dry eye symptoms.
    Use an eye drop.4 Eye drops can provide lubrication to the eye to relieve dry eye sensations. To find out more about dry eye drops and their benefits, visit www.visufarma.co.uk

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References

  1. NHS Dry Eyes https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/ last accessed March 2021
  2. Menopause and Dry Eyes: What’s the Link? https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/menopause-and-dry-eyes last accessed March 2021
  3. Evinger, C. et al. Dry Eye, Blinking, and Blepharospasm. Mov Disord. 2002; 17(Suppl 2): S75–S78
  4. Centre of Ocular Research and Education https://core.uwaterloo.ca/news/core-alerts-practitioners-to-mask-associated-dry-eye-made/ last accessed March 2021
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COVID-19 & Eye Health

We are all familiar with the main signs of COVID-19 – a persistent cough, fever, fatigue, and a loss of sense of smell and/or taste. But did you know that some people also experience ocular symptoms? A recent survey from BMJ Open Ophthalmology reports that 81% of participants reported to have experienced ocular symptoms within 2 weeks of other COVID-19 symptoms.1

Of those experiencing ocular symptoms, 18% of people experienced photophobia, a sensitivity to light, 17% reported itchy eyes and 16% reported general sore eye symptoms.1

Here are some useful tips for your eye health:

  1. Visit your optometrist
    If you are experiencing eye health related symptoms, make an appointment to see your optometrist. You should only visit your optometrist if you do not have any COVID symptoms to reduce the spread of the virus.
  2. Wear your glasses
    If you are a contact lens wearer, you may find it beneficial to wear your glasses to give your eyes a rest.2 Taking a break from wearing contact lenses can also ease symptoms of dry eye.
  3. Maintain good eyelid hygiene
    Ensure you keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean. This can be done using ocular foams such as Naviblef® Intensive Care and Naviblef® Daily Care containing Tea Tree oil which has antiseptic properties that can help reduce the risk of infections caused by bacteria and Demodex present on eyelids and eyelashes.4, 6
  4. Add heat to relieve irritated eyes
    You may benefit from adding a heated eye compress to your daily ocular health routine, particularly if you have irritated eyes, itchy, burning, or gritty sensations all of which could be signs of meibomian gland dysfunction.2 MeiboPatch® provides warming relief for your eyes and has a unique temperature test strip to ensure it reaches the optimal temperature to take effect without burning you.5
  5. Use a lubricating eye drop
    Use an eye drop.3 Eye drops can provide lubrication to the eye to relieve dry eye sensations. To find out more about dry eye drops and their benefits, visit www.visufarma.com/UK

 

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References

  1. Pardhan, SP et al. Sore eyes as the most significant ocular symptom experienced by people with COVID-19: a comparison between pre-COVID-19 and during COVID-19 states. BMJ Open Ophthalmology. 2020;5:e000632.
  2. NHS Dry Eyes https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/ last accessed March 2021
  3. Centre of Ocular Research and Education https://core.uwaterloo.ca/news/core-alerts-practitioners-to-mask-associated-dry-eye-made/ last accessed March 2021
  4. Naviblef® Intensive Care Instructions for Use (IFU)
  5. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU)
  6. Naviblef® Daily Care Instructions for Use (IFU)
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