Having had dry eyes since college days made it difficult for me to perform my everyday activities, like reading, writing, watching, etc. It’s also a challenge to ride in an airplane, be inside an airconditioned room or just when I am outdoors especially when I am traveling. The abrupt hit of the wind gives me an instant sting or burn, making it very uncomfortable and difficult to see. That’s why I always bring my eyedrop wherever I go to keep my eyes lubricated and Systane Ultra has been my go-to brand.
If you are not familiar with or have not had dry eyes yet, this is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons: if you don’t produce enough tears or if you produce poor-quality tears. If left untreated, it may lead to eye inflammation or vision problems.
Our tear film has 3 layers: the mucin layer which is the innermost layer, the aqueous layer which is the middle layer, and the lipid or oily layer, which is the outermost layer. A deficiency in any of these layers can cause dryness. To address these concerns, Systane has different variants that we can use.
Being able to attend Systane’s Zoom e-vent last week with Ophthalmologist, Dr. James Abraham Lee, I’ve learned new tips and tricks on how to take care of my eyes and how to manage my screen time.
Here are also a few recommendations on how to take care of our eyes which I learned during our e-vent that I would like to share with all of you.
- Get enough sleep.
- Practice good hygiene to keep your eyes protected from germs.
- Don’t rub!
- Practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break, by looking 20 feet away.
- When you are using your computer, make sure your screen is 18-24” away from your eyes and use a large font to avoid straining your eyes. Same goes for your gadgets, keep it at a comfortable distance.
- Take quality breaks from computer/digital time to avoid digital eye strain
If you have kids, here are some screen time tips released by the World Health Organization (WHO) which we are recommended to be followed, most especially now that many children are doing Online Distance Learning.
- 1 year old below: no screen time at all. Instead, do physical activities with them.
- 5 years old and below: 2 hours or less of screen time with good quality programs and with adult supervision.
- 5 years old and above: adult supervised or guided screen time with frequent breaks.
Our eyes are one of the most used parts of our body. So, it is advisable that we do a simple eye-xercise to reduce eye fatigue…
Close your eyes for 2 seconds then squeeze it for another 2 seconds. And you’re done! Your eyes will instantly feel refreshed. This blinking eye exercise can also be practiced even if you are wearing contact lenses.
Taking care of our eyes must be on the top of our list. We mustn’t allow dry eyes to keep us from doing the things we enjoy. A regular visit to the eye doctor is also a must and, of course, always have a bottle of Systane handy — this is our everyday protection against dry eyes.
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