Myths are typically a thing of fantasy, and you wouldn’t expect them to have a place in eye health. Unfortunately, there are several “myths” that many people believe that are simply not true. Here are a few of those beliefs held by people who experience occasional dry eye that we are happy to dispel.
Myth 1: It Happens to Everyone.
While experiencing some form of occasional dry eye is common, it does not happen to everyone and each person’s level of discomfort varies. Occasional dry eye typically occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears your eyes do produce, are not enough to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable. For those who experience dryness and irritation daily, they’ll need to seek professional help as it can be a long-term eye health issue.
Myth 2: It Only Happens to Old People.
As we age, our bodies change. One of the parts most affected by aging is our eyes. Our vision decreases and, yes, our eyes can start to feel drier, more commonly so for women. However, believing that you can’t or won’t experience occasional dry eye because of your age or sex is incorrect. Age is a risk factor for occasional dry eye, but there are several other contributors to experiencing occasional dryness:
Digital device use
When we work on screens, our eyes tend to not fully blink, meaning we’re missing that necessary distribution of our tears to help keep our eyes from drying out. Even children have begun to experience dryness due to screens!
Contact lens wearers are particularly susceptible to experiencing occasional dry eye as soft lens materials require additional lubrication, and a balanced tear film is vital to successful lens wearing.
There are several external factors that can lead us to experience occasional dry eye such as smoke, wind, and dry conditions. Seasonal changes can also increase our likelihood of experiencing dryness. In the winter, the air is drier and there’s less humidity. In the spring and fall seasons, allergies can contribute to experiencing occasional dry eye.
Certain medicines like antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants can reduce the number of tears produced in the eyes.
Individuals with auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and Sjogren’s syndrome are more likely to have issues caused by occasional dry eye. Also, problems with inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis), inflammation of the eye’s surfaces, or the inward or outward turning of eyelids can cause occasional dry eye.
Refractive eye surgeries like LASIK can cause decreased tear production and lead to occasional dry eye.
Myth 3: It’s Just My Environment.
While our environments can contribute to experiencing occasional dry eye, there are often other factors in play like the ones listed above. Changing an external factor can help, but getting your tear film healthy and balanced is the most important change to implement to alleviate the symptoms of occasional dry eye.
Myth 4: My Eyes Are Constantly Watery. I Can’t Have Occasional Dry Eye!
Believe it or not, watering eyes can be one of the symptoms of occasional dry eye. When you begin to experience the discomfort, your body’s natural response is to fix it. In an effort to relieve the dryness, it causes your eyes to water, but this excess amount of tears can overwhelm your eyes’ ability to drain tears away. That’s why your eyes start to water. While this might help for a bit, the dryness can return causing the same response!
Myth 5: This Has to Be a Symptom of Something Else.
While this is true per the above, experiencing occasional dry eye can be a problem on its own. It’s best to consult an eye care professional to figure out what the issue might be.
Eye drops tend to be the first solution many people think of when it comes to relieving the burning, itchy, dryness, and other discomforts of occasional dry eye. Though they do work, they are often only a temporary solution, and some can even make the symptoms worse! If the symptoms persist, some eye care providers will recommend other remedies such as eyelid scrubs and warm eye compresses.
Nutrition is another option for relieving the symptoms of occasional dry eye. Some eye care professionals will recommend increasing your intake of Omega-3s to help improve your eye’s natural ability to produce tears. However, it takes more than Omegas to improve symptoms from the inside out.
EyePromise® EZ Tears™ is an eye health vitamin specifically designed for occasional dry eye relief. With high-quality Omega-3s plus 7 additional ingredients proven to reduce dryness and irritations, it’s been proven to work in as little as 1 week and guaranteed to reduce symptoms in 30 days.
Myth 7: My Dry Eyes Are No Big Deal.
It’s easy to think that occasional dry eye is no big deal, but that’s not true. For some people, occasional dry eye can impact their daily lives, causing discomfort during simple tasks and affecting their ability to enjoy life. In terms of eye health, consistent dryness can lead to infections or even damage the surface of the eyes.
Myth 8: It’s Just Something I Have to Deal With.
Luckily, this is also not true. As mentioned above, there are several ways to find relief. It’s best to consult your eye care professional to figure out what will be the best option for you.