Although many people are told that sore or gritty eyes are caused by blocked tear ducts, to have both ducts obstructed is very uncommon. It is more likely that dry eye is the problem.
Dry eye is a term used for a variety of tear film disorders that result in the inadequate wetting of the eye, which includes insufficient tear production or too rapid evaporation. The punctal is a small opening on the inner eye lid and a plug is sometimes inserted to slow tear drainage, known as punctal occlusion. However, eye drops, such as Clinitas Soothe specifically developed for dry eye can often overcome the issue without more invasive treatment.
Administering Clinitas eye drops up to four times a day can reduce the symptoms of dry eye.
If you may sometimes suffer from tired eyes with a gritty or itching sensation, then you may suffer from ‘dry eye’, a common problem for computer-users.
Good eye hygiene as described below will help prevent dry eye syndrome and the associated condition of blepharitis, which is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the rims of the eyelids.
Wet a cloth with warm water and hold it against your closed eyes for five to ten minutes. The heat warms up the tiny eyelid glands which release a mucus-like fluid and make it flow more easily. The cleansing action decreases the number of bacteria that break down the oil.
Massage your eyes by gently rolling your first finger over them in a circular motion – this helps draw the oil out of the glands.
Gently clean your eyelids using cotton wool and cooled boiled water – a cotton bud can also be used to clean your upper and lower eyelid and remove any crustiness.
When using a computer try to look away from the screen at regular intervals.
Use a humidifier and reduce the use of fans in hot, dry environments.
Consider use of a gentle tear replacement fluid, such as one of the Clinitas products, to provide more moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye to bring relief, looking for a preservative free solution (such as Clinitas Soothe) would also be beneficial.
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.