5 Simple Steps to Eyecare!
by Optoplus / May 2022
While caring for your face and skin are essential, it seems that the eyes are the forgotten part of our daily routine. Our eyes are constantly under pressure: from screens to temperature changes and seasonal allergies, 25% of Canadians suffer from dry eye disease. Dry eye is a condition that, in most cases, could be prevented with better eye hygiene. Here is a routine designed to help you prevent dry eyes or alleviate their effects: just follow these 5 simple and relaxing steps, approved by eye health professionals.
A complete make-up removal: refresh your skin!
Transform your bedtime routine into a ritual, starting with thorough face and eye makeup removal. Cleansing your eyelids and lashes allows you to get rid of the various products and debris that have accumulated throughout the day. This will help you avoid clogging the Meibomian glands and reduce the risk of eye infections.
The eye mask: a relaxing break!
Applying warm compresses to the eyelids not only has a soothing effect, but also provides instant relief from dry eye symptoms. The warmth of the compresses allows the Meibomian glands, located at the root of the eyelashes, to secrete their oils so that tears evaporate slowly, thus promoting eye lubrication. A perfect moment of relaxation with real virtues for the health of your eyes.
Dietary supplements: good for the body, good for the eyes!
In addition to a healthy and diverse diet, taking vitamins will help care for your eyes too. Omega-3, Vitamin D3, Zinc and Lutein will help reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. There are also vitamin complexes specially formulated for eye health, ideal for stimulating tear function in addition to promoting cardiovascular health and helping to lower blood pressure. These supplements have tons of great qualities!
Eye drops: comfort above all else!
Itchy, stinging, red and watery eyes, blurred vision and sensitivity to light … dry eye discomfort is real, but you can temporarily relive these symptoms with eye drops. Combined with good eye hygiene, these artificial tears can even reduce these symptoms in the long term. Speak to your optometrist for advice on the right treatment for you.
Good glasses and contact lens hygiene: prevention is better than a cure!
To prevent dry eye, nothing beats prevention. It all starts with the right eyeglass and contact lens hygiene. For contact lenses, its best to opt for daily lenses. By ensuring that you handle them with clean hands and avoid repeated use of the same cleaning product, you can keep your contact lenses safe while protecting yourself from possible complications. As for your eyeglasses, proper cleaning and daily disinfection are essential to ensure the frames you handle throughout the day are clean.
For more advice or if your dry eye symptoms persist, make an appointment with your local OPTOPLUS optometrist!
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