Dry Eye Tips
It is important to manage the causes and symptoms of Dry Eye, Blepharitis and MGD Here are our top tips to maintain a healthy tear film. Always consult your Eye doctor if symptoms persist. Here are the OPTASE® Top Tips to relieve symptoms of Dry Eye.
Every time you blink you produce new tears, with screen time on the increase we don’t blink enough. Taking regular breaks from your computer, phone or tablet and being conscious of how often you blink is a great way to reduce your symptoms!
Using preservative free products is important for effective relief of dry eye symptoms. Preservatives can cause further irritation to the surface of the eye. When shopping for dry eye products look for preservative free on the label!
Applying a heated eye mask to closed eyelids for 10 minutes, can help soften the clogged oils in the eyelid glands. This allows the oils to flow more freely and helps prevent the tears from evaporating from the surface of the eye.
Following the heated eye mask, gently massage the eyelids using your forefinger. Massaging will help to push the oil out from the eyelid glands.
Cleansing your eyelids daily will help remove debris, bacteria and oil that can often lead to Blepharitis, MGD or Dry Eye symptoms. Lid scrubs and wipes are usually pre-soaked in a cleansing solution and ready to use.
Eye Doctors recommend the use of preservative free eye lubricants and sprays which have shown to be more effective than preserved eye drops or ointments in reducing inflammation on the eyes. Tear replacement with eye drops, sprays or ointments are traditionally considered a mainstay of Dry Eye management, however it is recommended these are used in conjunction with other therapies to target the underlying causes of Dry Eye.
Eye doctors recommend a diet rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and/or the use of nutritional supplements to help manage DED. Increasing your consumption of Omega-3 Fatty Acids can improve the oil in your glands and relieve symptoms associated with Dry Eye, Blepharitis and MGD. It is important to choose an Omega-3 supplement that is highly absorbable by the body to ensure best results. Your eye doctor can suggest a suitable supplement for you.