Solving the Problem of Dry Eye
Dry eye feels dry, gritty and sore, but not painful.
Despite the name, the irritation caused by dry eye
may trigger excessive tears. It may be caused by
aging, eye allergies, diseases such as rheumatoid
arthritis that disrupt the normal production of
tears and even some types of medicines.
Open air, wind and sunlight may worsen dry eye. Dry
eye may also redden the eyes, but it requires
different treatment from the condition known as 'red
Dry eye symptoms should be treated because if the
eye is not properly lubricated, foreign material not
washed away from the eye may lead to eye damage,
infection and ulceration.
You can help prevent dry eye by:
1. Protecting your eyes from sun and wind by wearing
2. Avoiding irritants such as smoke, dust, cosmetics
and chlorine; and
3. using artificial tears or lubricant regularly
(you should always wash your hands before instilling
eye drops or applying eye ointment).
Doctor said that older artificial tears have a
relatively short contact time with the cornea and
after a drop is placed in the eye, it's gone in just
a few minutes.
Remember, it's best to consult your doctor if your
dry eye does not improve despite regular treatment
for more than 7 days.