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Dry Eye and Sjögren’s Syndrome

Did you know that approximately one in ten patients with Dry Eye Disease also have Sjögren’s syndrome?[1] If you have both conditions, we’re here to support you. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the relationship between the two conditions and how you can treat them.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition, meaning that instead of protecting the body from abnormal cells, the immune system starts attacking healthy cells and tissue.[2] In this case, it affects the parts of the body that create fluids, like tears and saliva.[3] The condition can occur on its own or with other diseases linked to the immune system, like rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause dry eyes.[4] For more information on this condition, visit our blog: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dry Eye

couple laughing together

How are Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease linked?

Sjögren’s syndrome usually appears in people aged 40-60.[3] As with Dry Eye Syndrome, it is much more common in women than men, with women nine times more likely to have Sjögren’s syndrome.[3][4] While there isn’t yet a definitive answer as to why Sjögren’s syndrome affects women more than men, researchers believe it could be linked to the hormone estrogen. Estrogen levels drop after menopause, which aligns with the ages that Sjögren’s syndrome appears.[5] To find out more about dry eyes and menopause, visit our blog: 5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause and Dry Eye

Overall, Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease are linked because of the immune system’s attack on tear glands. It limits the production of tears that would usually add moisture to your eyes, resulting in dry eyes.[6] Read on to find out more about the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes.

 

a dry eye

What are the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes?

There are a whole host of Sjögren’s syndrome symptoms to look out for! These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Rashes [3]

a woman struggling with dry eye disease at a desk

Because of the lack of tears being produced, people might notice Dry Eye symptoms such as:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Aching eyes
  • Eyes feel heavy
  • Eyes feel sore
  • Eyes feel gritty or sandy
  • Eyes are red
  • Eyes are blurry
  • Feeling fatigued

For more symptoms of dry eyes, visit our web page: Symptoms of Dry Eye

How do you treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome?

There is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome, but there are treatments that can help alleviate symptoms.[3] Follow these steps:

 

Stay hydrated

woman with dry eye drinking a glass of water

Adding more water to your body is a great way to combat dry eyes. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day to keep your body completely hydrated.[7] To help you do this, buy a labelled water bottle or keep a note of how much water you are drinking per day.

Avoid alcohol

a cold beer

Drinking alcohol is bad for dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome as it can dehydrate your body. As both conditions already do this, symptoms are intensified. Click here for more information: Is Drinking Alcohol Bad For Your Eyes?

Eat well

fresh berries

What you eat can affect your eyes and health in general. You can support yourself by adding vitamins and minerals into your diet, such as Vitamin A, E and C.[8] Read more about eye health: 6 Vitamins for Dry Eyes

Consider moisture chamber goggles

man wearing moisture chamber goggles

Did you know wearing glasses can reduce tear evaporation by up to 30%? This can be maximised by wearing moisture chamber goggles.[2] These can be worn in the day, but it’s also a good idea to sleep in them. Find out more here: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use eye drops

a woman with dry eyes using eye drops

Lubricating your eyes is one of the best ways to treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome. To find out whether you should opt for eye drops or eye gel for dry eyes, read this useful resource: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for the Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

For more information about conditions related to dry eyes, visit our blog: 6 Conditions that Cause Dry Eye.

 

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. Akpek EK, Bunya VY, Saldanha IJ. ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome: More Than Just Dry Eye’, Cornea, National Library of Medicine, 2019 May;38(5):658-661. Accessed July 2023.
  2. NHS Inform, ‘Sjogren’s syndrome’, 23/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
  3. NHS, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’, 21/04/2020. Accessed July 2023.
  4. Women’s Health Research Institute, ‘Sjogren’s Syndrome More Common in Women’. Accessed July 2023.
  5. Arthritis Foundation, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’. Accessed July 2023.
  6. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome’, 01/2021. Accessed July 2023.
  7. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes?’. Accessed July 2023.
  8. Meixner, M. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, 16/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
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Nocturnal Lagophthalmos and Dry Eye

Did you know that approximately one in ten patients with Dry Eye Disease also have Sjögren’s syndrome?[1] If you have both conditions, we’re here to support you. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the relationship between the two conditions and how you can treat them.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition, meaning that instead of protecting the body from abnormal cells, the immune system starts attacking healthy cells and tissue.[2] In this case, it affects the parts of the body that create fluids, like tears and saliva.[3] The condition can occur on its own or with other diseases linked to the immune system, like rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause dry eyes.[4] For more information on this condition, visit our blog: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dry Eye

couple laughing together

How are Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease linked?

Sjögren’s syndrome usually appears in people aged 40-60.[3] As with Dry Eye Syndrome, it is much more common in women than men, with women nine times more likely to have Sjögren’s syndrome.[3][4] While there isn’t yet a definitive answer as to why Sjögren’s syndrome affects women more than men, researchers believe it could be linked to the hormone estrogen. Estrogen levels drop after menopause, which aligns with the ages that Sjögren’s syndrome appears.[5] To find out more about dry eyes and menopause, visit our blog: 5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause and Dry Eye

Overall, Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease are linked because of the immune system’s attack on tear glands. It limits the production of tears that would usually add moisture to your eyes, resulting in dry eyes.[6] Read on to find out more about the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes.

 

a dry eye

What are the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes?

There are a whole host of Sjögren’s syndrome symptoms to look out for! These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Rashes [3]

a woman struggling with dry eye disease at a desk

Because of the lack of tears being produced, people might notice Dry Eye symptoms such as:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Aching eyes
  • Eyes feel heavy
  • Eyes feel sore
  • Eyes feel gritty or sandy
  • Eyes are red
  • Eyes are blurry
  • Feeling fatigued

For more symptoms of dry eyes, visit our web page: Symptoms of Dry Eye

How do you treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome?

There is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome, but there are treatments that can help alleviate symptoms.[3] Follow these steps:

 

Stay hydrated

woman with dry eye drinking a glass of water

Adding more water to your body is a great way to combat dry eyes. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day to keep your body completely hydrated.[7] To help you do this, buy a labelled water bottle or keep a note of how much water you are drinking per day.

Avoid alcohol

a cold beer

Drinking alcohol is bad for dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome as it can dehydrate your body. As both conditions already do this, symptoms are intensified. Click here for more information: Is Drinking Alcohol Bad For Your Eyes?

Eat well

fresh berries

What you eat can affect your eyes and health in general. You can support yourself by adding vitamins and minerals into your diet, such as Vitamin A, E and C.[8] Read more about eye health: 6 Vitamins for Dry Eyes

Consider moisture chamber goggles

man wearing moisture chamber goggles

Did you know wearing glasses can reduce tear evaporation by up to 30%? This can be maximised by wearing moisture chamber goggles.[2] These can be worn in the day, but it’s also a good idea to sleep in them. Find out more here: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use eye drops

a woman with dry eyes using eye drops

Lubricating your eyes is one of the best ways to treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome. To find out whether you should opt for eye drops or eye gel for dry eyes, read this useful resource: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for the Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

For more information about conditions related to dry eyes, visit our blog: 6 Conditions that Cause Dry Eye.

 

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. Akpek EK, Bunya VY, Saldanha IJ. ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome: More Than Just Dry Eye’, Cornea, National Library of Medicine, 2019 May;38(5):658-661. Accessed July 2023.
  2. NHS Inform, ‘Sjogren’s syndrome’, 23/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
  3. NHS, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’, 21/04/2020. Accessed July 2023.
  4. Women’s Health Research Institute, ‘Sjogren’s Syndrome More Common in Women’. Accessed July 2023.
  5. Arthritis Foundation, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’. Accessed July 2023.
  6. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome’, 01/2021. Accessed July 2023.
  7. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes?’. Accessed July 2023.
  8. Meixner, M. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, 16/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dry Eye

Did you know that approximately one in ten patients with Dry Eye Disease also have Sjögren’s syndrome?[1] If you have both conditions, we’re here to support you. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the relationship between the two conditions and how you can treat them.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition, meaning that instead of protecting the body from abnormal cells, the immune system starts attacking healthy cells and tissue.[2] In this case, it affects the parts of the body that create fluids, like tears and saliva.[3] The condition can occur on its own or with other diseases linked to the immune system, like rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause dry eyes.[4] For more information on this condition, visit our blog: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dry Eye

couple laughing together

How are Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease linked?

Sjögren’s syndrome usually appears in people aged 40-60.[3] As with Dry Eye Syndrome, it is much more common in women than men, with women nine times more likely to have Sjögren’s syndrome.[3][4] While there isn’t yet a definitive answer as to why Sjögren’s syndrome affects women more than men, researchers believe it could be linked to the hormone estrogen. Estrogen levels drop after menopause, which aligns with the ages that Sjögren’s syndrome appears.[5] To find out more about dry eyes and menopause, visit our blog: 5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause and Dry Eye

Overall, Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease are linked because of the immune system’s attack on tear glands. It limits the production of tears that would usually add moisture to your eyes, resulting in dry eyes.[6] Read on to find out more about the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes.

 

a dry eye

What are the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes?

There are a whole host of Sjögren’s syndrome symptoms to look out for! These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Rashes [3]

a woman struggling with dry eye disease at a desk

Because of the lack of tears being produced, people might notice Dry Eye symptoms such as:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Aching eyes
  • Eyes feel heavy
  • Eyes feel sore
  • Eyes feel gritty or sandy
  • Eyes are red
  • Eyes are blurry
  • Feeling fatigued

For more symptoms of dry eyes, visit our web page: Symptoms of Dry Eye

How do you treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome?

There is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome, but there are treatments that can help alleviate symptoms.[3] Follow these steps:

 

Stay hydrated

woman with dry eye drinking a glass of water

Adding more water to your body is a great way to combat dry eyes. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day to keep your body completely hydrated.[7] To help you do this, buy a labelled water bottle or keep a note of how much water you are drinking per day.

Avoid alcohol

a cold beer

Drinking alcohol is bad for dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome as it can dehydrate your body. As both conditions already do this, symptoms are intensified. Click here for more information: Is Drinking Alcohol Bad For Your Eyes?

Eat well

fresh berries

What you eat can affect your eyes and health in general. You can support yourself by adding vitamins and minerals into your diet, such as Vitamin A, E and C.[8] Read more about eye health: 6 Vitamins for Dry Eyes

Consider moisture chamber goggles

man wearing moisture chamber goggles

Did you know wearing glasses can reduce tear evaporation by up to 30%? This can be maximised by wearing moisture chamber goggles.[2] These can be worn in the day, but it’s also a good idea to sleep in them. Find out more here: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use eye drops

a woman with dry eyes using eye drops

Lubricating your eyes is one of the best ways to treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome. To find out whether you should opt for eye drops or eye gel for dry eyes, read this useful resource: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for the Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

For more information about conditions related to dry eyes, visit our blog: 6 Conditions that Cause Dry Eye.

 

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. Akpek EK, Bunya VY, Saldanha IJ. ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome: More Than Just Dry Eye’, Cornea, National Library of Medicine, 2019 May;38(5):658-661. Accessed July 2023.
  2. NHS Inform, ‘Sjogren’s syndrome’, 23/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
  3. NHS, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’, 21/04/2020. Accessed July 2023.
  4. Women’s Health Research Institute, ‘Sjogren’s Syndrome More Common in Women’. Accessed July 2023.
  5. Arthritis Foundation, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’. Accessed July 2023.
  6. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome’, 01/2021. Accessed July 2023.
  7. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes?’. Accessed July 2023.
  8. Meixner, M. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, 16/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
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Blepharitis and Dry Eye

Did you know that approximately one in ten patients with Dry Eye Disease also have Sjögren’s syndrome?[1] If you have both conditions, we’re here to support you. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the relationship between the two conditions and how you can treat them.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition, meaning that instead of protecting the body from abnormal cells, the immune system starts attacking healthy cells and tissue.[2] In this case, it affects the parts of the body that create fluids, like tears and saliva.[3] The condition can occur on its own or with other diseases linked to the immune system, like rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause dry eyes.[4] For more information on this condition, visit our blog: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dry Eye

couple laughing together

How are Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease linked?

Sjögren’s syndrome usually appears in people aged 40-60.[3] As with Dry Eye Syndrome, it is much more common in women than men, with women nine times more likely to have Sjögren’s syndrome.[3][4] While there isn’t yet a definitive answer as to why Sjögren’s syndrome affects women more than men, researchers believe it could be linked to the hormone estrogen. Estrogen levels drop after menopause, which aligns with the ages that Sjögren’s syndrome appears.[5] To find out more about dry eyes and menopause, visit our blog: 5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause and Dry Eye

Overall, Sjögren’s syndrome and Dry Eye Disease are linked because of the immune system’s attack on tear glands. It limits the production of tears that would usually add moisture to your eyes, resulting in dry eyes.[6] Read on to find out more about the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes.

 

a dry eye

What are the symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome and dry eyes?

There are a whole host of Sjögren’s syndrome symptoms to look out for! These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Rashes [3]

a woman struggling with dry eye disease at a desk

Because of the lack of tears being produced, people might notice Dry Eye symptoms such as:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Aching eyes
  • Eyes feel heavy
  • Eyes feel sore
  • Eyes feel gritty or sandy
  • Eyes are red
  • Eyes are blurry
  • Feeling fatigued

For more symptoms of dry eyes, visit our web page: Symptoms of Dry Eye

How do you treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome?

There is no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome, but there are treatments that can help alleviate symptoms.[3] Follow these steps:

 

Stay hydrated

woman with dry eye drinking a glass of water

Adding more water to your body is a great way to combat dry eyes. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day to keep your body completely hydrated.[7] To help you do this, buy a labelled water bottle or keep a note of how much water you are drinking per day.

Avoid alcohol

a cold beer

Drinking alcohol is bad for dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome as it can dehydrate your body. As both conditions already do this, symptoms are intensified. Click here for more information: Is Drinking Alcohol Bad For Your Eyes?

Eat well

fresh berries

What you eat can affect your eyes and health in general. You can support yourself by adding vitamins and minerals into your diet, such as Vitamin A, E and C.[8] Read more about eye health: 6 Vitamins for Dry Eyes

Consider moisture chamber goggles

man wearing moisture chamber goggles

Did you know wearing glasses can reduce tear evaporation by up to 30%? This can be maximised by wearing moisture chamber goggles.[2] These can be worn in the day, but it’s also a good idea to sleep in them. Find out more here: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use eye drops

a woman with dry eyes using eye drops

Lubricating your eyes is one of the best ways to treat dry eyes and Sjögren’s syndrome. To find out whether you should opt for eye drops or eye gel for dry eyes, read this useful resource: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for the Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

For more information about conditions related to dry eyes, visit our blog: 6 Conditions that Cause Dry Eye.

 

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. Akpek EK, Bunya VY, Saldanha IJ. ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome: More Than Just Dry Eye’, Cornea, National Library of Medicine, 2019 May;38(5):658-661. Accessed July 2023.
  2. NHS Inform, ‘Sjogren’s syndrome’, 23/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
  3. NHS, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’, 21/04/2020. Accessed July 2023.
  4. Women’s Health Research Institute, ‘Sjogren’s Syndrome More Common in Women’. Accessed July 2023.
  5. Arthritis Foundation, ‘Sjögren’s syndrome’. Accessed July 2023.
  6. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, ‘Sjögren’s Syndrome’, 01/2021. Accessed July 2023.
  7. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes?’. Accessed July 2023.
  8. Meixner, M. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, 16/02/2023. Accessed July 2023.
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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.

Shop now

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.

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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Can the Environment Cause Dry Eyes?

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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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.

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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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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. Our blog explains everything you need to know about contact lenses and managing Dry Eye Syndrome.

 

Does wearing contact lenses cause dry eyes?

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] Natural tears play a huge role in supporting the health of our eyes, as they lubricate and nourish the eye to wash away foreign materials and keep the surface of the eye smooth and clear. Therefore, contact lenses can soon make eyes feel dry and uncomfortable, particularly at the end of the day.

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 dry out when wearing them.[2]

 

Are daily contact lenses better for dry eyes?

According to clinical research, the use of daily disposable contact lenses can reduce eye dryness and improve comfort.[3] This is because these types of lenses have a lower risk of collecting dirt and debris as they’re only used once. In contrast to this, monthly contact lenses can be stored for 30 days so have a higher chance of building up dirt and protein deposits, which can cause dryness and discomfort.[1]

 

How do you know if you have dry eyes with contacts?

Dry Eye can cause many symptoms such as pain in the eyes, a gritty feeling or blurred vision. Below is the full list of Dry Eye symptoms that you may experience:

  • Stinging or burning in the eyes
  • A feeling of grit in the eye
  • Stringy mucus near the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity[4]

To understand more about Dry Eye Syndrome, click here: Everything you Need to Know About Dry Eye.

 

How do you fix dry eyes from contacts?

Luckily, there are several things you can do to make contact lens use with Dry Eye Syndrome more comfortable. From changing your solution to using eye drops, keep reading to discover some of our top tips for managing your dry eye symptoms when you wear contact lenses.

 

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. To follow good hand hygiene, follow the below five steps:

  • Wet your hands with clean water from the tap
  • Apply soap and lather your hands by rubbing your hands together with the soap. Ensure that you scrub under the fingernails and between your fingers.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel.[5]

You can also help to reduce the spread of germs by trying not to touch your face and eyes with unwashed hands.

 

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 six times more likely to get an eye infection. If you do accidentally fall asleep with your contact lenses in, there are a few steps you can take to help minimise any damage to your eyes.

  • Don’t be tempted to try to take your contact lenses out straight away as they’ll be very dry and could be stuck to your eyes. Wait a little while, massage your eyes and apply eye drops if necessary before removing them.
  • Drink lots of water to help rehydrate.
  • Take a day off your contacts to give your eyes the rest they need.
  • If your eyes are still feeling uncomfortable after a few days, give your optician a call or speak to a healthcare professional for advice.

 

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 decrease the effectiveness of its disinfection properties, which can lead to inflammation.[6]

 

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. 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.[6]

 

Use eye drops that are contact lens friendly:

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, click here: VISUfarma UK.

 

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. Specsavers, ‘Your Guide to Wearing Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes’. Accessed September 2021.
  2. Roswell Eye Clinic, ‘Dry Eye and Cornea’. Accessed June 2023.
  3. Riley C, Young G, Chalmers R. Prevalence of ocular surface symptoms, signs, and uncomfortable hours of wear in contact lens wearers: the effect of refitting with daily-wear silicone hydrogel lenses (senofilcon a). Eye Contact Lens. 2006 Dec;32(6):281-6. Accessed May 2023.
  4. NHS, ‘Dry Eyes’. Accessed June 2023.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘Keeping Hands Clean’. Accessed May 2023.
  6. Miller, Korin. ‘8 Contact Lens Rules People With Dry Eyes Should Always Follow’, Self, 09/2018. Accessed September 2021.
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