Proper contact lens usage

To minimise your chances of developing dry eye as a result of wearing contact lenses it is important to follow all of the directions for contact lens wear and care. These directions will vary greatly depending on the type of lens you are using but there are some general do’s and don’ts which are always…

Get plenty of sleep

Sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to slower reflex times, an overall decrease in functional performance, increased blood pressure and increased stress.1  Lack of sleep can have effects on just about every organ and bodily process including your eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep you may experience eye spasms or twitches, sore or tired…

Eat healthy

Your eyes are an organ just like your heart or liver and need specific nutrients to function properly. You can help your eyes out by eating foods which are rich in certain eye friendly components. The following foods are great for your eyes and a natural way to promote eye health Dark leafy greens Green…

Practice the 20/20/20 rule

Whenever you are focusing on a set task which requires heightened concentration you tend to blink less. This includes working on a computer, looking at your phone screen or tablet, reading or writing. When you blink less your eyes are not getting the chance to replenish their moisture levels. Additionally, if the distance of your…

Quit smoking

It is quite well established that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it is bad for your eyes as well? Smokers are at an increased risk of developing both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).1,2 Additionally, being exposed to smoke in the air will exacerbate any pre-existing dry eye symptoms.

Blink!

Every time you blink little glands in your upper and lower eyelids, called Meibomian glands, spread a thin layer of oil across the surface of your eye. This layer is what keeps the watery layer in place and keeps your eyes feeling fresh and comfortable. A decreased blink rate means your eyes are not getting…

Wear protective eyewear

Getting outdoors and being in the sun is important for general health, but you need to take precautions to protect yourself. Apart from using sunscreen daily to protect your skin you should also be making sure to care for your eyes daily. Be sure to purchase sunglasses with full ultraviolet protection. One way you can…

Moisturise the air

Forced air systems such as air conditioning or central heating which circulate the air throughout your home or office have an extreme drying effect on the air. The moisture (humidity) levels in your home or office may be much lower than recommended if you regularly use these systems which may mean your eyes have to…

Stay hydrated

Every organ in the body needs water to function properly, including your eyes. When the body isn’t properly hydrated it tries to conserve what fluid it does have by, among other things, decreasing fluid output. This could include decreasing tear production. This decrease in tear production can lead to mild symptoms of dry eye. If…