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7 Ways to Cope with Dry Eye in Summer

Many people are aware of the risk of dry eyes in winter, due to the harsh, cold weather conditions. Whilst Dry Eye Syndrome is usually worse for patients in winter and spring, it can also be triggered by warm, dry weather in the summer months.

 

As well as the warmer weather, there are various different lifestyle factors that can cause dry eyes in summer. Many of us go on holiday during the summer, which can include activities like drinking alcohol, spending a lot of time in the sun, and swimming in pools with chlorine, which can all trigger Dry Eye symptoms.

 

In this article, our Dry Eye expert lists seven tips to avoid dry, sore, itchy eyes this summer:

 

1. It’s important that you stay hydrated 

 

Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, just like the rest of the body. In summer, when the weather is warmer we need to drink more liquids, especially when we exercise.

 

If you’re suffering from dry, itchy eyes, experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day to prevent flare-ups during warmer weather.

 

2. Sunglasses are amazing at protecting your eyes 

 

Wearing sunglasses when out and about helps to protect your eyes from the sun, wind, and dirt. Wraparound sunglasses are ideal to protect your eyes from the elements in summer. Make sure the sunglasses have at least 98% UV protection to keep your eyes from feeling sore and itchy when you’re outside.

 

3. Use a heated compress at night to ease troublesome Dry Eye symptoms 

 

If you are suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, a heated compress, such as Meibopatch ®, will be ideal for unblocking your meibomian glands and help minimise dry eyes at night.

 

Find out which type of Dry Eye you’re suffering from here.

 

4. Always wear goggles when swimming to avoid painful flare-ups 

 

Wherever  you are this summer, your well-deserved break will hopefully include a relaxing swim in the pool or the sea.

 

If you submerge your head underwater whilst swimming it’s important to always wear goggles. The chlorine in swimming pools and the salt in seawater can irritate the eyes, causing existing Dry Eye symptoms to worsen.

 

5. Vitamins can help to ease symptoms of chronic Dry Eye Syndrome

 

There are certain vitamins and minerals that boost eye health, which can help if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.

 

Adding vitamins which boost eye health into your diet, combined with a regular treatment plan, can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. With many fresh fruit and vegetables in season, summer is the perfect time to try and eat more foods which are rich in Vitamin C, E and D.

 

6. Put a humidifier in your home to ease dry, itchy eyes 

 

If you suffer from itchy, red, sore or watery eyes, getting a humidifier is a great idea to ease your symptoms. A humidifier helps combat the warm, dry heat of summer months to lubricate your eyes.

 

If you struggle with night-time dry eyes in the summer, putting the humidifier in your bedroom can help relieve symptoms.

 

7. Remember to pack your lubricating eye drops when you’re on the go! 

 

If you’re planning on taking a trip, don’t leave without your eye drops, as an uncomfortable flare-up could ruin your holiday.

 

Use long lasting eye drops for dry eyes, like VisuXl  ® eye drops can help provide relief for irritating symptoms such as dry, itchy, red, sore or watery eyes. VisuXL  ®  eye drops in particular can help to provide more symptomatic relief than a standard eye drop can provide.

 

Other eye drops on the market are linear Hyaluronic Acid drops, whereas VisuXL  ® is a patented formula.  In VisuXL  ® eye drops, Hyaluronic Acid is crossed-linked so that it doesn’t wash away easily when blinking. Instead, it remains on the eye for longer. It also forms a net on the surface of the eye, to help the second key ingredient, CoQ10, to repair damaged cells.

 

Hopefully, these top tips will help you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine this summer, without having to worry about 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.

 

Find your perfect eye drop 

 

Discover 6 Lifestyle tips to ease Dry Eye symptoms

 

References

     

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    6 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

    Many people are aware of the risk of dry eyes in winter, due to the harsh, cold weather conditions. Whilst Dry Eye Syndrome is usually worse for patients in winter and spring, it can also be triggered by warm, dry weather in the summer months.

     

    As well as the warmer weather, there are various different lifestyle factors that can cause dry eyes in summer. Many of us go on holiday during the summer, which can include activities like drinking alcohol, spending a lot of time in the sun, and swimming in pools with chlorine, which can all trigger Dry Eye symptoms.

     

    In this article, our Dry Eye expert lists seven tips to avoid dry, sore, itchy eyes this summer:

     

    1. It’s important that you stay hydrated 

     

    Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, just like the rest of the body. In summer, when the weather is warmer we need to drink more liquids, especially when we exercise.

     

    If you’re suffering from dry, itchy eyes, experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day to prevent flare-ups during warmer weather.

     

    2. Sunglasses are amazing at protecting your eyes 

     

    Wearing sunglasses when out and about helps to protect your eyes from the sun, wind, and dirt. Wraparound sunglasses are ideal to protect your eyes from the elements in summer. Make sure the sunglasses have at least 98% UV protection to keep your eyes from feeling sore and itchy when you’re outside.

     

    3. Use a heated compress at night to ease troublesome Dry Eye symptoms 

     

    If you are suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, a heated compress, such as Meibopatch ®, will be ideal for unblocking your meibomian glands and help minimise dry eyes at night.

     

    Find out which type of Dry Eye you’re suffering from here.

     

    4. Always wear goggles when swimming to avoid painful flare-ups 

     

    Wherever  you are this summer, your well-deserved break will hopefully include a relaxing swim in the pool or the sea.

     

    If you submerge your head underwater whilst swimming it’s important to always wear goggles. The chlorine in swimming pools and the salt in seawater can irritate the eyes, causing existing Dry Eye symptoms to worsen.

     

    5. Vitamins can help to ease symptoms of chronic Dry Eye Syndrome

     

    There are certain vitamins and minerals that boost eye health, which can help if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.

     

    Adding vitamins which boost eye health into your diet, combined with a regular treatment plan, can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. With many fresh fruit and vegetables in season, summer is the perfect time to try and eat more foods which are rich in Vitamin C, E and D.

     

    6. Put a humidifier in your home to ease dry, itchy eyes 

     

    If you suffer from itchy, red, sore or watery eyes, getting a humidifier is a great idea to ease your symptoms. A humidifier helps combat the warm, dry heat of summer months to lubricate your eyes.

     

    If you struggle with night-time dry eyes in the summer, putting the humidifier in your bedroom can help relieve symptoms.

     

    7. Remember to pack your lubricating eye drops when you’re on the go! 

     

    If you’re planning on taking a trip, don’t leave without your eye drops, as an uncomfortable flare-up could ruin your holiday.

     

    Use long lasting eye drops for dry eyes, like VisuXl  ® eye drops can help provide relief for irritating symptoms such as dry, itchy, red, sore or watery eyes. VisuXL  ®  eye drops in particular can help to provide more symptomatic relief than a standard eye drop can provide.

     

    Other eye drops on the market are linear Hyaluronic Acid drops, whereas VisuXL  ® is a patented formula.  In VisuXL  ® eye drops, Hyaluronic Acid is crossed-linked so that it doesn’t wash away easily when blinking. Instead, it remains on the eye for longer. It also forms a net on the surface of the eye, to help the second key ingredient, CoQ10, to repair damaged cells.

     

    Hopefully, these top tips will help you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine this summer, without having to worry about 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.

     

    Find your perfect eye drop 

     

    Discover 6 Lifestyle tips to ease Dry Eye symptoms

     

    References

       

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      5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause & Dry Eye

      Many people are aware of the risk of dry eyes in winter, due to the harsh, cold weather conditions. Whilst Dry Eye Syndrome is usually worse for patients in winter and spring, it can also be triggered by warm, dry weather in the summer months.

       

      As well as the warmer weather, there are various different lifestyle factors that can cause dry eyes in summer. Many of us go on holiday during the summer, which can include activities like drinking alcohol, spending a lot of time in the sun, and swimming in pools with chlorine, which can all trigger Dry Eye symptoms.

       

      In this article, our Dry Eye expert lists seven tips to avoid dry, sore, itchy eyes this summer:

       

      1. It’s important that you stay hydrated 

       

      Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, just like the rest of the body. In summer, when the weather is warmer we need to drink more liquids, especially when we exercise.

       

      If you’re suffering from dry, itchy eyes, experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day to prevent flare-ups during warmer weather.

       

      2. Sunglasses are amazing at protecting your eyes 

       

      Wearing sunglasses when out and about helps to protect your eyes from the sun, wind, and dirt. Wraparound sunglasses are ideal to protect your eyes from the elements in summer. Make sure the sunglasses have at least 98% UV protection to keep your eyes from feeling sore and itchy when you’re outside.

       

      3. Use a heated compress at night to ease troublesome Dry Eye symptoms 

       

      If you are suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, a heated compress, such as Meibopatch ®, will be ideal for unblocking your meibomian glands and help minimise dry eyes at night.

       

      Find out which type of Dry Eye you’re suffering from here.

       

      4. Always wear goggles when swimming to avoid painful flare-ups 

       

      Wherever  you are this summer, your well-deserved break will hopefully include a relaxing swim in the pool or the sea.

       

      If you submerge your head underwater whilst swimming it’s important to always wear goggles. The chlorine in swimming pools and the salt in seawater can irritate the eyes, causing existing Dry Eye symptoms to worsen.

       

      5. Vitamins can help to ease symptoms of chronic Dry Eye Syndrome

       

      There are certain vitamins and minerals that boost eye health, which can help if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.

       

      Adding vitamins which boost eye health into your diet, combined with a regular treatment plan, can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. With many fresh fruit and vegetables in season, summer is the perfect time to try and eat more foods which are rich in Vitamin C, E and D.

       

      6. Put a humidifier in your home to ease dry, itchy eyes 

       

      If you suffer from itchy, red, sore or watery eyes, getting a humidifier is a great idea to ease your symptoms. A humidifier helps combat the warm, dry heat of summer months to lubricate your eyes.

       

      If you struggle with night-time dry eyes in the summer, putting the humidifier in your bedroom can help relieve symptoms.

       

      7. Remember to pack your lubricating eye drops when you’re on the go! 

       

      If you’re planning on taking a trip, don’t leave without your eye drops, as an uncomfortable flare-up could ruin your holiday.

       

      Use long lasting eye drops for dry eyes, like VisuXl  ® eye drops can help provide relief for irritating symptoms such as dry, itchy, red, sore or watery eyes. VisuXL  ®  eye drops in particular can help to provide more symptomatic relief than a standard eye drop can provide.

       

      Other eye drops on the market are linear Hyaluronic Acid drops, whereas VisuXL  ® is a patented formula.  In VisuXL  ® eye drops, Hyaluronic Acid is crossed-linked so that it doesn’t wash away easily when blinking. Instead, it remains on the eye for longer. It also forms a net on the surface of the eye, to help the second key ingredient, CoQ10, to repair damaged cells.

       

      Hopefully, these top tips will help you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine this summer, without having to worry about 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.

       

      Find your perfect eye drop 

       

      Discover 6 Lifestyle tips to ease Dry Eye symptoms

       

      References

         

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        Eye drops vs eye gel for dry eyes

         

        When it comes to Dry Eye, there are many different treatment options. It’s easy to get confused about which product to go for, or even worse, not be able to find a product that 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 eye drops and eye gels. 

         

        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 You might need different treatments depending on the nature of your condition. 

         

        Dry Eye often affects people over 50, predominantly women, and can flare up due to other factors like allergies, lifestyle and environment. 3

        dry eye drops vs gel

         

        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. 4

         

        Eye gels, however, are becoming more popular, especially with long-term sufferers of Dry Eye conditions. They can come in drop form and in ointment form, with drop form being the easiest to apply for most patients. 5

         

        eye drops- dry eye

        What’s the difference?

         

        Eye gels are usually more viscous, and will stay in your eyes for a longer period of time. Due to the fact that they stay on the surface of the eyes for longer, they are able to provide more long lasting protection against dry, itchy eyes.

        How do I know which one to pick? 

        The type of treatment you opt 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 VisXL ® Gel. 6 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. 7 8 

         

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

         

        For anyone suffering from severe 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. 9 

         

        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. 10

         

         Step 3: Incorporate an effective eye drop like VisuXL® Gel into your daily routine. With 12 hr protection from just one drop morning and night, you can enjoy lasting comfort and without the need to reapply throughout the day. Just one drop each time you brush your teeth is all you’ll need for lasting lubrication.   11 12

         

        Hopefully, this guide has helped you identify the difference between eye drops and gels, and 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. 

         

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

         

        Got Dry Eye and wear contacts? See our top tips to minimise symptoms 

         

        Discover 8 foods to eat if you have Dry Eye

         

        References

         

        1. NHS England, ‘Dry Eyes’, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Jan 2022.
        2. Wimpole Eye Clinic. ‘Why Are My Eyes So Scratchy and Dry’, https://wimpoleeyeclinic.com/the-human-eyes-explained/why-are-my-eyes-so-scratchy-and-dry/
        3. Valencia Higuera and Erika Klein, ‘Chronic Dry Eye Causes and How to Treat Them’, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-dry-eye/causes-how-to-treat, Accessed Feb 2020.
        4. Godman, Heibi, ‘Eye Drops For Dry Eyes’, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/great-eye-drops-dry-eyes
        5. Veazey, Karen,’What to know about dry eye gel drops and what conditions they treat’, Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/dry-eye-gel-drops#conditions-gel-drops-treat
        6. Robertson, Danielle, ‘Severe dry eye: Advanced solutions to a common, chronic condition’, UT SouthWestern Medical Centre, https://utswmed.org/medblog/dry-eye-treatment-clinic/
        7. VisuXL Gel Instructions For Use IFU.
        8. 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.
        9. Mebiopatch Instructions For Use (IFU)
        10. Naviblef Instructions For Use (IFU)
        11. VisuXL Gel Instructions For Use IFU.
        12. 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.
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        How does hayfever season affect Dry Eye sufferers?

        For many of us, the joy of spring also equals hayfever season, which can mean watery, itchy eyes.

         

        For Dry Eye sufferers, this season can be doubly difficult, as pollen allergies combined with Dry Eye symptoms can cause extra discomfort. 1

         

        This blog explains what Dry Eye is, how allergies can affect it, and what treatment you can seek if you are suffering from chronic itchy, irritated eyes in hayfever season.

         

        What is Dry Eye Disease? 

         

         

        Dry Eye Disease is a chronic condition, where patients experience itchy, gritty, irritated or watery eyes. 2 One in four people in the UK suffer from Dry Eye, and whilst it is usually not very serious, the symptoms can be frustrating and impact people’s quality of life. 3

         

        Dry Eye and hayfever

        Why can Dry Eye symptoms sometimes feel worse in spring? 

         

        Many people who suffer from Dry Eye also suffer from allergies, so there is much crossover between the two. Existing symptoms such as redness, soreness, burning or stinging, itchiness, and blurry vision are more likely to get worse in the spring when pollen allergies are most prevalent. 4

        dry eye hayfever

        What can I do to ease the symptoms? 

         

         

        • Avoidance

         

        It may sound simple, but if you know that you suffer from pollen, dust or pet allergies, do your best to avoid irritants. Pollen allergies are hard to avoid when going outside in the spring, but checking the pollen count on apps such as Apple Weather or BBC Weather can be a good idea.

        Wearing wraparound sunglasses outside during hayfever season also helps to mitigate Dry Eye symptoms. 5

         

        dry eye hayfever

         

        • Antihistamines 

         

        Antihistamines can be a good way to minimise allergy symptoms. However, some oral antihistamines can actually dry the eyes out even further, exacerbating symptoms.6

         

        Therefore, many experts recommend topical allergy treatments, such as antihistamine gels or eye drops, as they can reduce the irritation more effectively.

         

        If your allergy symptoms persist and become severe, it’s a good idea to consult your GP.

         

         

        • Eye drops

         

        Eye drops can soothe eyes that are itchy and irritated from allergies and Dry Eye Disease. Artificial tears are one type of eye drop that is readily available over the counter and can help maintain moisture on the outer surface of your eyes. 7

         

        Gel eye drops, like VisuXL Gel, can provide a thicker moisture barrier, helping to lubricate your eyes for up to 12 hours. 8 9 10

         

        If you’re struggling with itchy, dry eyes, why not follow us on socials @dryeyeandme for tips on symptoms, lifestyle and care. 

         

        Find your perfect eye drop today 

         

        Wondering what is causing your Dry Eye? Click here to find out 

         

        References

         

        1. Davis, J. A., Ousler, G. W., III, Langelier, N. A., Schindelar, M. R., Abelson, R., & Abelson, M.B. (2006, May). Seasonal changes in dry eye symptomatology. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 47(13), 280
        2. NHS England, ‘Dry Eyes’, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Jan 2022.
        3. Wimpole Eye Clinic. ‘Why Are My Eyes So Scratchy and Dry’, https://wimpoleeyeclinic.com/the-human-eyes-explained/why-are-my-eyes-so-scratchy-and-dry/
        4. Kumar, N., Feuer, W., Lanza, N. L., & Galor, A. (2016, August 1). Seasonal variation in dry eye. Ophthalmology, 122(8), 1727-1729
        5. Mangan, B Richard, ‘When Allergy and Dry Eye Collide’, Review of Optometry, https://www.reviewofoptometry.com/article/when-allergy-and-dry-eye-collide
        6. Ousler GW 3rd, Workman DA, Torkildsen GL. ‘An open-label, investigator-masked, crossover study of the ocular drying effects of two antihistamines, topical epinastine and systemic loratadine, in adult volunteers with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.’ Clin Ther. 2007 Apr;29(4):611-6. 
        7. Alaina, L. ‘Artificial Tears: How to Select Eye Drops for Dry Eyes’, Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/expert-answers/artificial-tears/faq-20058422 Accessed Jan 2022.
        8. Dresden, Danielle, ‘Some of the Best Gel Eye Drops for Dry Eyes for 2022’, Medical News Today, 13/10/21, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/best-gel-eye-drops, Accessed Jan 2022.
        9. VisuXL Gel Instructions For Use (IFU)
        10. 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.
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        6 Causes of Dry Eye

        Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition, with varying degrees of severity. It can have multiple causes which can overlap with each other. 1

         

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

         

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

         

        1. Age/ Menopause 

         

        One of the most common causes of Dry Eye Syndrome is age, especially if you are a woman. Dry Eye affects approximately 5-30% of the elderly population, with menopause increasing the likelihood of developing symptoms.2

         

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

         

        2. Lifestyle 

         

        Lifestyle, diet, and environment can really trigger Dry Eye Disease. Dry eyes can be caused by things like heating and air conditioning systems, as well as the outdoor environment e.g. windy, cold, dry or dusty weather conditions.5 Smoking and drinking alcohol can also cause Dry Eye, or can make existing symptoms much worse.6 

         

        On the other hand, eating certain foods, living a generally healthy lifestyle, and reducing screen time can help reduce symptoms.7

        3. Medication 

         

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

         

        • Acne medication
        • Antidepressants
        • Parkison’s medications
        • Sleeping Pills
        • Antihistamines
        • Birth Control and other hormone treatment
        • Blood pressure medication.8

         

        Screen Use 

         

        When we stare at computers, mobiles, or any other digital screens, our blink rate slows, drying out our eyes. 9

         

        This is called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and affects people of all ages.10 It can, combined with other Dry Eye triggers, make existing conditions much worse. Top tips to prevent CVS include reducing screen time and following the 20:20:20 rule.11

        Pre-Existing Conditions 

         

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

         

        • Sjogren’s Syndrome
        • Diabetes
        • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
        • Hypothyroidism
        • Lagophthalmos.12

         

         

        Contact Lenses

         

        Contact lenses can aggravate Dry Eye because the presence of the lens on the cornea limits oxygen flow into the eye, and oxygen is necessary to develop natural tears.13

         

        However, there are some top tips to manage wearing contacts if your eyes feel itchy and dry. 

         

        There are many different causes of Dry Eye, but there are also many different treatments for Dry Eye!  If you think you are suffering visit a GP, or explore this guide to which Dry Eye Treatment might be best for you.

         

        Discover 6 Lifestyle Changes to Get Rid of Dry Eye

         

        References

         

        1. Valencia Higuera and Erika Klein, ‘Chronic Dry Eye Causes and How to Treat Them’, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-dry-eye/causes-how-to-treat, Accessed Feb 2020.
        2. Anushree Sharma, Holly B. Hindman, ‘Aging: A Predisposition to Dry Eyes’, J Ophthalmol, 2014; 2014: 781683.
        3. Cintia S. de Paiva, ‘Effects of Aging in Dry Eye’, Int Ophthalmol Clin., 2017 Spring; 57(2): 47–64.
        4. Corinne O’Keefe Osborn, ‘Menopause and Dry Eyes: What’s the Link? https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/menopause-and-dry-eyes. Accessed Feb 2022
        5. Monica Alves, Priscila Novaes, Monica de Andrade Morraye, Peter Sol Reinach, Eduardo Melani Rocha, ‘Is Dry Eye an Environmental Disease?’, Arq Bras Oftalmol, May-Jun 2014;77(3):193-200.
        6. Griffin, Morgan. ‘Smoking and Dry Eye’, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/smoking-dry-eyes, Accessed Feb 2022.
        7. Dry Eye and Me, ‘6 Lifestyle Tips to Get Rid of Dry Eye,’ https://www.dryeyeandme.co.uk/6-lifestyle-tips-to-get-rid-of-dry-eye/ Accessed Feb 2022.
        8. ‘Is Your Medication Causing Dry Eye?’, WedMD, 
        9. Wheeler, Regina Boyle. ‘Dry Eye and Screen Use’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed Oct 2021: https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/dry-eye-screen-use
        10. Stephanie Watson, ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/computer-vision-syndrome, Accessed Feb 2022.
        11. Marcin, Ashley , ‘How Does the 20-20-20 Rule Prevent Eye Strain?’ Healthline https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/20-20-20-rule#:~:text=The%2020%2D20%2D20%20rule%20can%20help%20your%20eyes%20refocus,your%20eyes%20for%2015%20minutes 
        12. ‘Causes’, Not a Dry Eye Foundation, https://www.notadryeye.org/all-about-dry-eye-syndrome/causes-of-dry-eye-syndrome-and-related-diseases/, Accessed Feb 2022.
        13. 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
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        Smoking and Dry Eye

        Smoking is harmful, because cigarettes contain many chemicals that can damage our bodies.1 

        The eyes are no exception, and you might have noticed that cigarette smoke can make your eyes itch or burn. 1 

        For sufferers of Dry Eye Disease, this reaction can be even worse. In fact, there are a number of scientific studies which have concluded that smoking could increase the risk of Dry Eyes. 2

         

        What is Dry Eye?

         

        Dry Eye Disease is a common eye condition that causes the ocular surface to become dry and irritated, either due to an increase in tear evaporation, or a decrease in tear production. It affects one in four people in the UK alone and can be caused by multiple factors.3 

        There are many different symptoms of Dry Eye which can include itchy, sore, gritty, blurry, red or light sensitive eyes, to name a few. 4

         

        Why Smoking Aggravates Dry Eye

         

        When we blink, the glands in our eyelids coat the ocular surface with a layer of tears. This protects them from dust, debris and drying out.5 The many harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke can break down this layer, leading to insufficient tears, causing the eye’s surface to become dry and irritated.6 Smoking can even change the composition of your tears over time, which can lead to further Dry Eye symptoms. 7

         

        In addition, the harmful metals found in cigarettes can not only cause damage to the ocular surface, but can also severely affect the blood vessels that supply it with much-needed nutrients.8

         

        How can I help ease symptoms of Dry Eye? 

         

        Ultimately, if you are experiencing symptoms of Dry Eye Disease due to smoking, the most effective solution would be to consider significantly reducing consumption or quitting. 

         

        For advice about quitting smoking, and other smoking-related health concerns, please visit the NHS website. 

         

        Smoking is just one potential factor that can cause or worsen symptoms of Dry Eye Disease and we recommend that you seek the advice of a medical professional to better understand your condition. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, there are a variety of treatment options, from ocular lubricants, a to daily lifestyle changes that you could begin to implement. 9

         

        3 Step treatment plan 

         

        A 3 step treatment plan can help to effectively manage your Dry Eye, and avoid painful flare-ups.

         

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

         

        Step 2: Cleanse and wipe away the melted oil blocking your glands, as well as any built up debris with a cleanser like Naviblef ®, that is specially designed to reduce discomfort.

         

        Step 3: Incorporate an effective eye drop into your daily routine, such as VisuXL® Gel. A single drop provides 12 hours of protection, meaning you only need to able application once when you wake up and just before you head off to sleep. 10 11

         

        Remember, if you’re struggling with Dry Eye Disease, or worried about smoking-related conditions, please talk to your GP. 

         

        For more advice on how to treat dry, itchy eyes, visit our treatment page.

         

        Alcohol can also cause dry eyes, read more.

         

        Find out which lifestyle choices can help dry eye sufferers 

         

        References: 

         

        1. NHS UK, https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/what-are-the-health-risks-of-smoking/, Accessed Feb 2022.
        2. Li Xu, Wei Zhang, Xiao-Yu Zhu, Tao Suo, Xian-Qun Fan, and Yao Fu, ‘Smoking and the Risk of Dry Eye: a Meta-Analysis’, Int J Ophthalmol. 2016; 9(10): 1480–1486.
        3. Garty, David, ‘Why Are My Eyes so Scratchy and Dry?’, The Wimpole Eye Clinic, https://wimpoleeyeclinic.com/the-human-eyes-explained/why-are-my-eyes-so-scratchy-and-dry/#:~:text=It%20is%20usually%20caused%20by,on%20a%20long%2Dterm%20basis, Accessed Feb 2022
        4. NHS UK, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Feb 2022.
        5. Griffin, Morgan. ‘Smoking and Dry Eye’, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/smoking-dry-eyes, Accessed Feb 2022.
        6. Jyothi Thomas, George P. Jacob, Lekha Abraham, and Babu Noushad, ‘The effect of smoking on the ocular surface and the precorneal tear film’, Australas Med J. 2012; 5(4): 221–226.
        7. Griffin, Morgan. ‘Smoking and Dry Eye’, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/smoking-dry-eyes, Accessed Feb 2022.
        8. ‘The Shocking Effects Smoking Has On Eyes’, Optical Express, https://www.opticalexpress.co.uk/magazine/article/the-shocking-effects-smoking-has-on-eyes, Accessed Feb 2022.
        1. ‘Chronic Dry Eye’, Healthy Women’, https://www.healthywomen.org/condition/chronic-dry-eye/overview, Accessed Feb 2022. 
        2. VisuXL Instructions for Use (IFU).
        3. 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.

         

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        How to Find Your Perfect Eye Drop

        Eye drops can be used to treat various eye problems, and they come in many different shapes and sizes. For example, you might receive prescription eye drops from your doctor to treat an infection, or if you are suffering from dry, itchy eyes, you might look for an over the counter eye drop to ease your symptoms. 1

         

        What is Dry Eye Syndrome? 

         

        If your eyes are itchy, streaming or irritated, you might be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. This condition can be caused by many factors, including if you are over 50 or going through menopause, side effects of certain drugs, related conditions, or even lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking alcohol.2

         

        How can eye drops help? 

         

        Lubricating eye drops are the most common treatment of Dry Eye, to ease irritating symptoms. 3

         

        However, there are many types of eye drops, and different eye drops work for different people. It depends on the causes, severity and symptoms of your Dry Eye as to which eye drop you should be using.

         

        This blog explores some of the main types of eye drops you can use, to help you identify your perfect eye drop.

         

        What are artificial tears?

         

        Artificial tears are eye drops used to lubricate dry eyes and help maintain moisture on the outer surface of your eyes. 4 Artificial tears are available over the counter, and there are many different types. Xalin ® tears, for example, are designed to moisturise the eye and alleviate redness, irritation and eye fatigue associated with Dry Eye Syndrome. 5 

         

        What is the difference between preservative and preservative-free eye drops? 

         

        Some eye drops contain a preserving ingredient called benzalkonium chloride (BAK) to keep the drops sterile, and some don’t. 6 If you suffer from Dry Eye and use eye drops on a regular basis, it’s best to consider a preservative-free eye drop, as the alternative can harm the cells in your eyes over time and even lead to your symptoms getting worse. 7

         

        What are gel drops?

         

        Gel eye drops are a type of lubricating eye drop. They are a liquid that turns into a gel as soon as it touches the surface of the eye, so are thicker than ordinary liquid eye drops.8 Gel drops like VisuXL ® Gel can be ideal for treating more severe Dry Eye, and for relieving symptoms at night. 9

         

        How should I use eye drops? 

         

        Eye drops can be used as the last phase of a three-step treatment plan, to effectively manage chronic Dry Eye Syndrome. 

         

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

         

        Step 2: Cleanse and wipe away the melted oil blocking your glands, as well as any built up debris with a cleanser like Naviblef ® , that is specially designed to reduce discomfort. 10

         

        Step 3: Incorporate an eye drop from the VISUfamily range into your daily routine, to effectively manage your symptoms over time. 

        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.

         

        There are many different eye drops on the market, so it is ultimately best to consult your GP before starting any treatment plan, especially if your condition is serious.

         

        For more advice about choosing Dry Eye treatments, click here.

         

        To see which eye drops can be used with contact lenses, click here.

         

        References:

        1. University of Illinois, ‘How to Use Eye Drops’, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/general-use/how-to-use-eye-drops Accessed Jan 2022.
        2. NHS England, ‘Dry Eyes’, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Jan 2022. 
        3. ‘What Causes Dry Eyes, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/eye-health-dry-eyes
        4. Alaina, L. ‘Artificial Tears: How to Select Eye Drops for Dry Eyes’, Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/expert-answers/artificial-tears/faq-20058422 Accessed Jan 2022.
        5. Xalin Tears Instrunctions for Use (IFU)
        6. Waton, Kathryn. ‘What to Know About Preservative-Free Eye Drops, Plus Products to Consider’, Heathline, 20/11/19, Accessed Oct 2021: https://www.healthline.com/health/preservative-free-eye-drops
        7. Malik Y. Kahook, MD,and Aurora, Colo, ‘The Pros and Cons of Preservatives’, Review of Opthamology, 15/04/15. 
        8. Dresden, Danielle, ‘Some of the Best Gel Eye Drops for Dry Eyes for 2022’, Medical News Today, 13/10/21, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/best-gel-eye-drops, Accessed Jan 2022.
        9. Ranieri, Miranda, MD, ‘Eye Drops vs. Gel vs. Ointment: What’s the Difference?’, Queensway Optometric Centre, 11/08/11, https://queenswayoptometric.com/eye-drops-vs-gel-vs-ointment-whats-the-difference/ Accessed Jan 2022.
        10. Navibelf Instructins For Use (IFU)
        11. VisuXL Instructions For Use (IFU)
        12. 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.
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        Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eye

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

         

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

         

        What is Dry Eye? 

         

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

         

        There are two main types of Dry Eye: Aqueous Tear Deficient Dry Eye when the lacrimal glands in your eyes don’t make enough tears, and Evaporative Dry Eye when your tears dry up too quickly.2

         

        What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?

         

        There are many different symptoms of Dry Eye, and it can be linked to other conditions like Blepharitis, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

         

        The most commonly experienced symptoms of Dry Eye include

         

        Eyes that feel…

         

        Itchy

        Burning

        Achey

        Heavy

        Sore

        Gritty or sandy

        Red

        Blurry

        Fatigued

        Sensitive to light

        More watery than normal.

         

        If you have any of these symptoms you might be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.3 They could also be signs of another condition, so it is also important to consult your GP before seeking any treatment.

         

        What causes Dry Eye?

         

        There are many different causes of Dry Eye, and factors that can make a person more likely to experience the condition. The main trigger of Dry Eye Syndrome is a lack of sufficient lubricating tears – meaning the surface of the eye becomes dry and irritated.4

         

        Tears can be inadequate or unstable for many reasons, including old age, menopause, prolonged screen use, increased exposure to dry hot or cold air and certain medications.5  Dry Eye Syndrome can, more often than not, be caused by more than one of these factors.

         

        Can Dry Eye cause blurry vision?

         

        Blurry vision is a symptom associated with Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry Eye that is left untreated can even lead to more serious sight problems. Mostly blurry vision problems can be helped by using eye drops and other effective dry eye treatments, but they can also be related to other conditions like Lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome, so if in doubt consult your GP before seeking treatment. 6

         

        Blurry vision can be made worse by frequently staring at screens. Click here to read more tips on how to manage Dry Eye and screen time.

         

        What does Dry Eye feel like?

         

        Dry Eye has many different possible symptoms, so can feel different for everyone.7 Many Dry Eye sufferers say that their eyes feel itchy or scratchy, are constantly streaming and feel like there is something stuck in them. Whatever the different symptoms, most patients say that their eyes don’t feel ‘normal’.

         

        Can you cure Dry Eye?

         

        Depending on the severity of the Dry Eye, it might cease to be a problem with effective treatment, or might recur throughout someone’s life. There is no current cure for chronic Dry Eye, but there are many treatment options and lifestyle changes that can be made to ease symptoms and maintain a great quality of life. 8

         

        The backbone of effectively managing Dry Eye is a 3-step treatment plan. 

         

        Step 1: Apply a heated compress, such as Meibopatch, to unblock your tear glands and relieve your eyes.9 

         

        Step 2: Is to cleanse any debris that has built up in your eyes, with a cleanser like Naviblef, that is specially designed to reduce discomfort.10 

         

        Step 3: Is to incorporate an effective eye drop like VisuXL Gel into your daily routine.With 12hr protection with just one drop morning and night, your eyes will feel a great sense of relief. 11 12

         

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        References: 

        1. NHS UK, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Nov 2021.
        2. Ellis, Reiff Rachel. ‘Types of Dry Eye’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed Oct 2021: https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/dry-eye-types
        3. Mayo Clinic, ‘Dry Eyes’ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863 Accessed Nov 2021.
        4. Brazier, Yvette, ‘What is Dry Eye and How Can I Get Rid of It?’, Medical News Today, 11th Jan 2018, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/170743 Accessed Nov 2021.
        5. Not a Dry Eye Foundation, ‘Causes’, https://www.notadryeye.org/all-about-dry-eye-syndrome/causes-of-dry-eye-syndrome-and-related-diseases/ Accessed Nov 2021.
        6. Watson, Kathryn, ‘What Causes Dry Eyes and Blurry Vision’, Healthline, 21st August 2020, https://www.healthline.com/health/what-causes-dry-eyes-and-blurry-vision Accessed Nov 2021.
        7. Dry Eye Doctor, ‘Dry Eye- FAQ’, https://dryeyedoctor.co.uk/home/dry-eye-faq/ Accessed Nov 2021.
        8. Daniels, Lowri, ‘Can You Permanently Cure Dry Eyes?’, Medical News Today, 25th Feb 2021, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/how-to-cure-dry-eyes-permanently#is-there-a-cure Accesed Nov 2021.
        9. Meibopatch Instructions for Use (IFU)
        10. Naviblef Instructions for Use (IFU)
        11. VisuXL Instructions for Use (IFU) 
        12. 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.
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