The American Optometric Association defines dry eye as a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. It’s a common problem as we age. In fact, most people over 65, experience symptoms.
It can also be caused by taking certain medications, particles in the air that get in your eyes, and long-term use of contacts. I’ve worn contacts since I was 14 years old. I’m now in my sixties and my eyes water and itch constantly.
It’s a bitch because it makes it impossible to wear eye makeup. I’ve pretty much given up on it. Southern California often gets Santana winds, which makes it worse. No matter how much eye cream I apply, I can’t avoid getting wrinkles because I’m constantly fiddling with my eyelids.
What you can do to treat dry eye:
- Avoid getting an eye infection at all costs. This is usually caused by rubbing your eyes when your hands aren’t squeaky clean. Using eye wipes help because they’re sanitary. They take off dirt and other particles that cause irritation. I always tear the wipe in half and use one on my right eye and the other on my left. That way I don’t transfer anything that could cause a problem between eyes.
- If you work on a computer for long periods of time, make sure to blink often to hydrate your eyes.
- You can also try using a humidifier if you’re in a dry environment.
- Airplanes are notoriously hard on your eyes and skin. Avoid drinking alcohol in flight because the air system sucks out all the moisture in the air. Always carry a water bottle with you so you can sip in between beverage cart rounds.
- Wear sunglasses when you’re outside to protect your eyes against flying particles. Wrap-a-round shades may make you look like a fly, but they’re super effective.
- Use rewetting drops when needed if you wear contacts or eye drops if your eyes are itchy or red.
- Applying a warm compress or Chamomile tea bags to your eyelids is soothing.
I recently tried a product called Dry Eye EasyMist by Similasan. It comes with a pump spray and if your eyes get itchy and dry all you do is close your eyes and spray it on your eyelids. I was happy to find out you can use it with contacts. It’s very soothing and my eyes feel refreshed after using it. The reason it works is that most irritation from dry eye starts on your eyelid. You can use it as often as needed, which is nice because most eye drops are only supposed to be used every few hours.
Dry Eye EasyMist is made with natural ingredients including plant-based liposomes that create a film to moisturize your eyes. Alpine Rose hydrates your lids and the formula also contains antioxidants.
Make sure to check with your eye doctor before using any product on your eyes depending on your condition.
On the box, it states “Does not smudge makeup.” Since I haven’t been wearing any lately, I can’t guarantee it won’t. It also contains soy so if you’re allergic to it, be forewarned. Other than that, I felt it made my dry eye feel much better.
I was given samples of Dry Eye EasyMist by Similasan and am an Amazon affiliate, but all my opinions are my own.
Do you have dry eye? What do you use to ease the irritation? Please leave a comment below.