TREATMENTS FOR INTERMITTENT DRYNESS

AVOIDING TRIGGERS

  • Get more sleep- 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night gives the eyes time to recover from a long day

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Avoid wind/fans-
    • wear eye protection outdoors/limit outdoor time
    • avoid fans at night or limit air circulation on the face
    • sleep with a sleep mask if a fan at night is necessary
    • turn vents away from the face in the car

 

 

  • Decrease contact lens wear- Long hours of contact lens wear, over-wear, sleeping in contact lenses, and not replacing them as instructed can cause dryness symptoms and increase your risk for infections.

 

 

 

 

Recommended contact lenses and contact lens solutions for dry eye sufferers

  • Take blink breaks during computer work and reading

"20/20/20 RULE"

For every 20 minutes of computer/reading

Take a 20 second break

Look at something 20 feet away.

 

  • Avoid cosmetics that irritate the eyes-
    • Heavy duty waterproof mascara is difficult to remove and can irritate the eyes
    • Eyeliner and mascara that gets on the sensitive inner layer of the lid margin (the "water line") can cause damage to the delicate openings of the meibomian glands causing worsening of dryness.
    • Oily based cleansers and eye makeup removers clog the meibomian glands. This is a gradual process over years that causes dry eye syndrome to progress.

Recommended cosmetics and eye makeup removers

 

 

 

 

 

OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) EYE DROPS

Generic OTC tears are not as effective and often have preservatives that can cause irritation. It is also important to AVOID antihistamine drops and "get the red out" drops such as Visine or Clear Eyes.

RECOMMENDED OTC DROPS: Refresh Optive Advanced Preservative Free (and the new "Mega-3" version with Flaxseed), Systane Ultra Preservative Free, Blink Tears, Blink Gel, Retaine MGD.

I prefer preservative free because the preservatives in eye drops can sometimes cause irritation and sensitivity reactions. Plus the vials allow you to keep one in your purse, one by your bed, one at work... making it easier to use the drops anytime you need.