Our Frequently Asked Questions

Dry eye disease (DED) is caused by inflammation of the eye and the tear-producing glands. This results in the eye not being able to produce tears that protect the eye from irritation and keep it moisturised and lubricated.

  • Aging.
  • Hormonal changes for example during pregnancy or menopause.
  • Habits such as smoking.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Wearing contact lenses.
  • Vitamin A deficiency.
  • Weather conditions (dry, windy, dusty).
  • Medication such as anti-histamines, acne treatment, anti-depressants and blood pressure medication.
  • Medical conditions such diabetes, menopause, Sjögrens syndrome,and rheumatoid arthritis. 5 | 6
  • Burning, itchy, sore eyes.
  • Red, tired eyes.
  • Feeling of dryness.
  • Increased sensitivity to light.
  • Blurry eyes.
  • Feeling that there is “something” in the eyes.
  • Watery or teary eyes.

WARNING: Dry eye disease (DED) is an inflammatory disease that can in some cases cause permanent damage to the eye surface 7

  • Limit your use of digital devices.
  • Keep your distance to comfortably read the screen (arm’s length).
  • Reduce screen glare by adjusting the brightness or background colour, keeping your screen clean and dimming surrounding light.
  • Increase text size for a more comfortable read.
  • Blink more often to avoid dry eyes.
  • Take a 20-20-20 break: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  • Use artificial tears:  Relieve dryness, discomfort, and irritation of dry eye disease by lubricating and hydrating the eye surface.
  • Check your medications: Consult with your Healthcare Provider to determine if any of your medication/s could be causing your dry eyes.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes: Rubbing can distress the tear film and spread irritants such as dust over the eye surface.
  • Keep your hormones in check: Consult with your Healthcare Provider about the correct hormone medication or treatment for you.
  • Take care of your contact lenses: Keep lenses clean and if possible try not to wear them all the time.
  • Diet and nutrients: Eat 3 healthy and balanced meals every day. If you suffer from Dry Eye Disease consider a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Drink plenty of water every day: If your body is dehydrated, the moisture in your eyes can also be depleted.
  • Blink!: Blink your eyes as often as possible, especially when staring at a computer screen or digital device. This will allow the moisture of the tear film to be spread over the eye surface.

For more information on how to manage your Dry Eyes consult with your Healthcare Provider. 8

Safety

Yes, I-DEW Soothe, LOC Tears and I-DEW DS are contact lens friendly.

Yes, I-DEW Soothe, LOC Tears and I-DEW DS contains no harmful preservatives and is Polyquad® & BAK FREE.

Yes, I-DEW Soothe, LOC Tears and I-DEW DS can be used in children above the age of 5 years, adults and the elderly who are affected by dry eyes (such as soreness, burning, irritation or dryness).

Yes, just remember to allow 5 minutes between the administration of other eye drops.

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Reference

Dry Eye Disease. Precision Vision Edmond.2018. Online available from: https://www.precisionvisionedmond.com/help-for-dry-eyes-edmond. [Accessed 4 April 2019]

Reference

American Optometric Association. Dry eye. 2019. Online available from: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/dry-eye . [Accessed 4 April 2019]

Reference

Adler, R. All About Vision. Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome. 2019. Online available from: https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/dryeye-syndrome.htm.  [Accessed 4 April 2019]

Reference

All About Vision. Infographic: Dry Eye Syndrome. 2019. Online available from: https://www.allaboutvision.com/dry-eye-infographic/