Cold weather dries eyes

Low temperatures, high winds and UV light have detrimental effects on eye health, causing dry eye. 

“We all know our lips dry up when we are in a cold environment, but some people don’t know their eyes can dry out too”, says Chris Miller of Cambridge-based Altacor, a specialist ophthalmic products company.

Low temperatures and icy winds can dry out our eyes causing them to water as our tear glands try to compensate. Chris continues “We recommend wearing protective glasses or using lubricant eye drops without preservatives”. The multi-use 0.5ml vials of Clinitas Soothe are perfect to carry alongside your lip balm on a cold day. Continue reading

Clinitas ensures no dry eyes at this year’s Christmas party

Alcohol the night before work could cause dry eye symptoms

New evidence suggests that alcohol leaves behind more than just a sore head. A recent study has shown the dehydrating effects of alcohol can irritate the eyes and cause symptoms of dry eye for people with otherwise healthy eyes.  Drinking water before bed and using lubricant eye drops without preservative could be the answer – Clinitas Soothe is available in small 0.5ml vials and contains enough for even the longest of parties!

Chris Miller of Cambridge-based Altacor, a specialist ophthalmic products company, explains that there is more to tears than just salty water. Continue reading

Dry Eye Syndrome

Watery eyes, particularly in windy, sunny or dry conditions, can be caused by dry eye syndrome, which can also be triggered by many medical conditions and taking certain medications.

Gareth Thomas, Head of Sales and Marketing at Altacor, says: “Lubrication of the eye is very sophisticated. The eye is bathed in a film of tears every time you blink. This film has a watery inside contained by an oily outside layer to reduce evaporation, and a lubricant on the innermost layer nearest the eye ball. These delicate layers can easily be disrupted by medication, including the contraceptive pill.”

The characteristic dry eye symptoms include scratchy or itchy feeling eyes that look red rimmed. However, the eye can also over compensate resulting in watery eyes. This makes the condition difficult to recognise despite being very easy to treat.

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Clinitas offers high flyers relief from dry eye symptoms

The dehydrating effects of flying do not only affect the skin, it can cause dry eye symptoms particularly if you wear contact lenses or are using a laptop.  Resealable eye drops could be the answer, Clinitas Soothe is available in small 0.5ml vials and contain enough treatment for even a long haul flight.

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Is your medication causing dry eye?

Dry eye is a term used for a variety of tear film disorders that result in the inadequate wetting of the eye.

The characteristic symptom of ‘dry eye’ is scratchy or itchy feeling eyes that look red rimmed. However, some tear film disorders can actually result in watery eyes because the eye tries to compensate for the damage caused to it’s surface layer.

Hormones stimulate the production of tears and so hormonal changes associated with the menopause can be a risk factor for dry eye. As we age, we also produce fewer tears, which may explain why dry-eye is particularly common amongst older women.

Several medicines are associated with dry eye including antihistamines, antidepressants and some drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Using Clinitas eye-drops alongside these treatments can therefore be of great benefit. Other risk factors for dry-eye include recent laser surgery and medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Some nurses have reported that dry eye is one of the side-effects that patients often find sufficiently distressing to stop taking their medication.  Clinitas is also available on prescription so if you are on medication and experiencing dry eye it would be worth discussing this with your GP.

Resealable eye drops offer all day relief from dry eye

Eye drops can provide relief from dry eye symptoms.  These eye drops contain ‘tear substitutes’ which mimic the protective properties of tears.  You may need to reapply the eye drops several times a day and this is where Clinitas Soothe can help.

Clinitas Soothe is unique in that its supplied in an easy to use, sterile, resealable dropper that can be slipped into a pocket or handbag.  Each container holds about 8 drops which is sufficient for one day’s use. It can be recapped and can be used for up to 12 hours.

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Conjunctivitis.com – that’s a site for sore eyes

Comedian Tim Vine won joke of the year award at the annual Lafta awards this month, but those of us who think that having sore eyes is a far from a laughing matter might appreciate some of his older jokes.

Mr Vine, who is the brother of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy, has won the award for the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 with the line: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”

And he was also runner-up in for the Edinburgh joke of the year last year with the line:

“Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.”

If you want relief from sore eyes try some Clinitas soothe but to find out more about the Lafta awards see.