Why prevention against dry eye makes sense
It’s the same with our eyes as it is with our skin: both benefit in the long term from regular care and moisture. It’s obvious that we look after our skin so that we look youthful and fresh. But why should we look after our eyes? Our modern lifestyle involves many stress factors for what is perhaps our most important sensory organ. Intensive staring at a smartphone, long hours working in front of monitors, a lack of fresh air in modern offices, dry air due to air conditioning or heating can all dry out our eyes and cause symptoms.
If the eye is too dry, tears increasingly develop in the natural moisture film on the eye and this leads to irritation of the cornea. Slightly reddened or burning eyes occur as a result. In our youth, the symptoms are usually kept within limits. But we pay for this long period of stress in the second half of our lives. From about 55 to 60 years of age, permanently treating dry eyes is often unavoidable.
But it doesn’t have to get to this point. Preventive daily eye care in the form of moisturising eye drops can ensure that the eye surface remains healthy in the long term. Distressing symptoms such as itching, burning, foreign body sensation, redness and pain can easily be avoided in this way.
These tips help you to easily prevent eye symptoms
We usually notice the strain placed on our eyes most keenly after a long day in the office. They itch, burn and are slightly red, sometimes we feel as though we have something in our eyes. But you can do something about this! Acute eye fatigue can be quickly and easily treated by applying moisture with HYLO CARE® eye drops.
Other measures you can implement over the course of the day to prevent these symptoms: Take frequent breaks from working in front of monitors and go for a brief walk in the fresh air. Air out your office thoroughly while you are out. The extra dose of oxygen and air humidity refreshes your spirit and also does your eyes good.
If you have to work for several hours at a computer, then make sure you keep a proper distance from the monitor. Try to consciously blink more often to moisturise your eyes – blinking is easily forgotten when concentrating on your work. You should also drink plenty of water – about two litres a day is recommended. It is best to drink mineral water, unsweetened tea or diluted fruit juice.
Are you getting enough sleep? Some people need even more than the usual 8 hours of sleep. Find out how many hours of sleep you really need to feel rested and try to get that many hours as regularly as possible.
If you are still experiencing dry eyes, you should visit an ophthalmologist to be on the safe side. These symptoms can have a number of different causes. After a thorough examination and diagnosis, your ophthalmologist will recommend the right therapy so that you quickly find relief from your symptoms.
The 20-20-20 rule
Digital eye strain caused by the use of screens can be kept at bay during daily work using the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes focus your eyes on an object 20 feet away (approx. 6 metres) for at least 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to relax again.
Get more from your day with fresh eyes
Having tired, dry eyes can negatively affect our whole day. It therefore pays to make sure you have regular breaks, sufficient oxygen, enough sleep and moisturising eye care. When your eyes are well rested and moisturised, then everything you do, particularly on screen, becomes that much easier. We are more productive, feel less sluggish and can concentrate better.
Wetting the surface of the eye with HYLO CARE® eye drops can also give your eyes a fresher feeling.
The drops can be placed in the eye several times over the day without any concerns because they are free from preservatives and phosphates. They do not negatively affect vision and are also very compatible with contact lenses which means that your work is not interrupted. Your eyes remain well moisturised and can deal with external irritants such as dry air.