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VISINE® brand offers a range of products that can help keep your eyes comfortable ensuring they look and feel their best.
Red or Irritated Eyes
We all occasionally get red eyes or irritated eyes. This irritation can be caused by many things, such as dust, smoke, pollution, lack of sleep, use of alcohol, or eyestrain from working on a computer screen or driving.
VISINE® brand offers a range of red eye products that can help to alleviate your symptoms and get your eyes back to looking and feeling their best such as VISINE® Original or VISINE® Advance Cool , VISINE® Workplace and VISINE® Advance Triple Action.
If the redness and irritation persist for longer than 72 hours, or if pain develops, you should contact your doctor for an appointment as soon as possible.
If you work in an office, chances are you've experienced eye irritation, including eyestrain, dry eyes, burning, and light sensitivity. While there are many contributing factors to "tired eyes", the most important cause is that we actually blink two-thirds less often when we're looking at a computer screen. Since blinking is how our eyes keep themselves moist, that's a significant problem.
Other contributing factors include the fact that most of us open our eyes wider to look at computer screens, thereby worsening the dry feeling in our eyes. Extremely bright lighting in your office and an improperly set-up computer monitor can also cause irritation and strain on your eyes.
What you can do
Help yourself blink more:
- It may sound obvious, but giving yourself a reminder to blink more often, such as a note on your monitor, can really help.
- Every 10 or 15 minutes, take a moment to look around at things in your work area that are at varying distances, or look out your window.
- Use lubricating eye drops, such as VISINE® Advance True Tears, whenever your eyes feel dry. Other products you might want to try for dry eyes include:
Reduce glare and reflection:
- Move your computer so that windows are to the side rather than to your front or back, and move desk lamps so they don't shine onto your computer screen or into your eyes.
- Turn off overhead lights that are too bright, switch to a lower wattage bulb, or use a desk lamp.
- Attach a glare-blocking hood or glare filter to your monitor.
Position your monitor properly:
- Your monitor should be a reasonable distance from your eyes, between 20 and 26 inches (50 cm to 66 cm) away, and kept clean and dust-free.
- If you regularly type from documents, your document holder should be as close to the screen as possible.
- If your work area is properly lit, you should end up with a brightness setting in your monitor's mid-range. If your screen's white seems to glow like a light source, it's too bright; if it seems grey, it's not bright enough.
- Adjust the contrast to the highest level you find comfortable. Use a text size that's large enough for you to see easily from your normal viewing position. Remember, the easiest colour combination for your eyes to read is black text on a white background.
If you've tried these suggestions and find that working with your computer still bothers your eyes, you should make an appointment to see your eye doctor.
Dry eyes can make you feel frustrated causing you to be less engaged and disconnected from what is happening around you. Did you know that you have two kinds of tears: reflex tears when you cry, and lubricating tears that spread over the surface of your eye each time you blink? Lubricating tears are essential for healthy eyes because they wash dust and small particles out of the eye and keep it moist.
While dryness occurs as a natural part of the aging process, many other factors cause the eye to not produce enough lubricating tears or make this tendency worse. Some of these factors include:
- medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, and birth control pills
- dry, smoky, or windy weather conditions
- heaters and air conditioners
- some medical conditions, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
- long-term contact lens usage
Signs and treatment of dry eye syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing medical condition that can't be cured, but the accompanying symptoms of dryness, scratching, and burning can usually be managed and relieved:
- use a humidifier to keep the air around you moist
- avoid contact lenses and eye makeup
- avoid air conditioners, hair dryers, wind, and smoke
- wear wraparound sunglasses when you go outside
Two very different factors are usually the cause of excessively watery eyes: allergies and, strange as it may sound, dry eye syndrome.
When you have allergies, your body releases histamines that cause your eyes to water as well as make your nose run. See the section on Allergic Conjunctivitis for more information about how to control this condition.
Dry eye syndrome often causes your body to produce more tears than normal; however, these are reflex tears and not lubricating tears, so even though the amount of tears has increased your eye still doesn't get the lubrication it needs. The section on Dry Eyes contains more detail about how to treat this.
The white part of your eye (cornea) is covered by a thin, transparent membrane called the conjunctiva. When this membrane becomes inflamed, the condition is called conjunctivitis.
There are three types of conjunctivitis, and they are categorized by the cause of inflammation. Generally, the way your eyes feel will help you and your doctor figure out which kind of conjunctivitis you have:
- Allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes and causes your eyes (and sometimes your nose) to get red and itchy.
- Viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, usually affects one eye followed by the other in a few days and causes lots of eye watering, itchiness, and a light discharge.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis will soon affect both your eyes and cause a heavy yellow-green discharge. It may also cause some crusty buildup around your eyes when you wake up in the morning.
Treating viral and
The best way to deal with these forms of conjunctivitis is prevention, by avoiding the virus or bacteria that cause it in the first place. (Your doctor may be able to assist you in determining the cause.)
However, if you or someone you know has been infected, here are some tips to avoid spreading the conditions or re-infection:
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
- Wash your towels, pillowcases, and washcloths frequently and don't share them with anyone else.
- Don't share eye drops or cosmetic products like eyeliner, eye shadow, or mascara. Once you're healed, throw out your old cosmetics and buy new ones to prevent re-infection.
Remember, both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis spread easily, so it's not difficult to infect your other eye as well as other people.
While antibiotic eye drops will cure bacterial conjunctivitis, doctors don't normally prescribe medication for viral conjunctivitis because it usually clears up on its own within a few days. Either way, applying warm compresses can help soothe your eyes.
Treating allergic conjunctivitis
This is a very common and non-contagious form of conjunctivitis, and up to 20% of people suffer from it.1 It is caused by an allergy to pollen, mould, dust, or pet dander.
On days when the pollen content in the air is high, it's best to keep the windows and doors in your home closed. Dust and vacuum your home frequently to get rid of, or at least control, the causes of allergies. As well, consider getting an air conditioner to help filter out dust and pollen.
1Conjunctivitis is usually a minor eye inflammation, but it can occasionally develop into a more serious condition. See your eye care practitioner before using any eye drops from previous infections or eye problems.