As Dry Eyes are caused by imbalanced tear components it is recommended that you try different treatments to find out which ones have the most useful effect on your specific condition. Since Doctors first started recognising dry eyes there have been several important treatment innovations:
Aqueous (watery) tear substitutes – sodium chloride artificial tears and Hypromellose eye drops are the most popular type. Polyvinyl alcohol and Povidone are similar. They are generally cheaper and very fast acting but they last for only a short period giving part-time relief suitable for occasional dry eyes.
Preservative Free drops – If Preservative are frequently applied to the dry eye they can negatvely affect the already stressed surface cells. Unpreserved eye drops are available in the more expensive single-dose format. The formulation is worth it if your eyes are senistive and require the most gentle of treatments. The single units are tiny and especially handy. Preservatives must be avoided while contact lenses are being worn. For further information see separate FAQ section about preservatives (pros & cons).
Warm Mask - an Eye Mask that uses warmth to ease the flow of the tear’s oily component by melting the waxy oil that can plug the Meibomian glands that are located between the eyelashes.
Tear retention with thicker tear additives – Carbomer tear gels have been increasingly used by Ophthalmologists for over 15 years.
Hyaluronate type eye drops - in the last five years this innovation has produced enhanced thicker tears with a perfect recovering of the eye at each blink.
Ointments – last well but cause persistent blurring.
Lipid (oily) based sprays- recent innovation that might help reinforce the oily component in the eye even though they are sprayed over the closed eyelids.
Tear duct plugging – requires an eye specialist to insert small silicone plugs into the little drainage ducts located in the nasal corner of each eye.
The LUMECARE range has been developed to provide you with different approaches to dry eye relief.
Tips to help prevent Dry Eyes:
- Stay hydrated – drink plenty (6 pints / 3 litres) of water each day.
- Avoid dry air – turn down the central heating, place a porous pot with water in your room to moisten the air.
- Avoid smoke and dust.
- Share your problems and ideas in the UKs specialist forum for Dry Eyes and Blepharitis
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