AS HALF OF THE UK POPULATION SUFFER FROM DRY EYE, EXPERT SHARES FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR EYE

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A shocking new study by Rohto Dry Aid – the eight in one clinically proven Dry Eye treatment solution – has given an insight into the nation’s eye health, discovering that 1 in 2 Brits are suffering from Dry Eye, with women being the more likely of the genders to experience this potentially eye-destroying condition. In fact, women in general are almost twice as likely to suffer from Dry Eye than men.

Although so many people are victims of Dry Eye, one in two Brits have no idea what this condition even is!

Optometrist Francesca Marchetti says that Dry Eye occurs when you don’t produce enough tears or the consistency of the tear changes. This leads to inadequate lubrication of the tear film with inflammation and likely damage to the eye surface. The research also revealed how almost 46% of Brits correctly believe that Dry Eye Syndrome can damage your eyes.

Concerned? Francesca Marchetti explains that the symptoms of Dry Eye include watery, gritty and/or itchy eyes, blurred vision, tired eyes, soreness, burning, irritated, dry, stinging, sensitivity to light and heavy eyelids. As the Rohto Dry Aid research discovered, when respondents understood the symptoms, only 26.6% of men and 17.3% of women admitted to never having suffered from Dry Eye

Our eyes are precious. Francesca Marchetti explains: “The eye contains over two million working parts and is considered the second most complex organ in the body— the most complex is the brain.”

As for the causes of Dry Eye, Dr Byki Huntjens, clinical Optometrist and a Dry Eye researcher and specialist says: “Dry eye has many causes from age to the environment, including wind, cold, indoor air pollution and central heating, diet, certain medications, and some health conditions. Children too can suffer from Dry Eye.”

Women’s health expert, Dr Catherine Hood adds: “Changes in hormones that occur during the perimenopause and menopause, can lead to dysfunction of the tear glands as well as cause reduction in the oils and mucin that protect and lubricate the eye surface as part of the tear film.”

So, what can be done to protect our eyes? Here are 5 eye care essential tips from Francesca Marchetti that she ‘swears by’:

  1. Take screen breaks

The Rohto Dry Aid research found that almost six in 10 Brits admit that using a computer or laptop can have a negative impact on their eyes, with 32.3% saying that their screen time is leading to symptoms of Dry Eye. Francesca Marchetti explains that ‘screeners’ may find themselves blinking far less than usual. “This can cause tears to dry up or evaporate. Therefore, screen breaks are vital.”

Worryingly, only 14.6% of people questioned take regular screen breaks. “Give your eyes a break from screens every 20 minutes by looking at a distant object 20ft away for 20 seconds and blink for 20 seconds – it’s called the 20 20 20 screen break rules,” explains Francesca Marchetti.

  1. Watch your screen position

“Position your computer screen below eye level so that you won’t open your eyes as wide; if your computer screen is above eye level, you’ll open your eyes wider to view the screen,” says Francesca Marchetti. When you don’t open your eyes as wide, it may help slow the evaporation of your tears between eye blinks.

  1. Use a clinically proven 8 in 1 Dry Eye Treatment

Despite nearly half of Brits understanding that Dry Eye can damage eyes, 65% don’t actually have an eye care routine and less than a third use eye drops. Francesca Marchetti explains that it’s important to lubricate and protect the eyes to combat the decline in hyaluronic acid; a common trigger to Dry Eye.

“The eyes rely on optimal levels of fluids to work properly. They need fluids to produce tears, absorb shocks, transport nutrients, and protect delicate tissues. When eyes lack fluids, they can become dry, sensitive, and easily irritable, and vision can suffer.”

“Rohto Dry Aid eye drops provide a premium ‘8 in 1’ treatment for the Dry Eye condition, helping to relieve dryness, soreness, itchiness, irritation, burning, grittiness, stinging and tiredness.

“An impressive 97% of study volunteers who tested[3] Rohto Dry Aid found that Rohto Dry Aid drops offered relief from Dry Eye symptoms in two minutes or less.”

  1. Eat an eye-lovin’ diet

Almost a third of Brits correctly believe that diet can have a significant negative impact on eye health. Enjoy an anti-inflammatory diet filled with fruits, vegetables, beans, pulses, and grains. A vitamin D supplement can also be useful as this vitamin has been proven to help support eye health

Public Health Nutritionist, Dr Emma Derbyshire says: “A lack of omega 3s relative to omega 6s may also impact Dry Eye. Omega-3s have long been known for their anti-inflammatory properties.”

Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon are your best sources of omega 3, however a supplement can also be a useful addition to your diet should you not want to eat fish.

  1. Be aware of your environment

Central heating, air con, indoor air pollution caused from heaters, room sprays, cleaning products etc, high altitude air such as that in planes, and smoky environments can all cause the eyes to dry out. Dr Byki Huntjens adds: “Don’t direct hair dryers, car heaters, air conditioners or fans toward your eyes either.”

“It may be helpful to frequently close your eyes for a few minutes at a time to minimise evaporation of your tears.”

Rohto Dry Aid eye drops can also help with lubrication. An effective eye drop for Dry Eye, Rohto Dry Aid, provides fast soothing relief for up to 12 hours. Its Tearshield Technology™ formulation (see note to editors) has been designed with a range of ingredients to provide the protection and hydration required to tackle dry spots and restore all layers (the muco-aqueous layer and the lipid layer) of the natural tear film, which breaks the cycle of dry eye. For more information on Rohto Dry Aid see www.mentholatum.co.uk/brands/rohto-dry-aid

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