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How to Deal With Dry Eyes

 

The eye is one of the most used systems in the body. All Singaporeans know its importance in the conduct of our daily lives but despite that, most do not take good care of it. It is not too late though. You should act immediately. Start the year by keeping eyes hydrated.

The eyes need to be hydrated through lubricating. This is importance because if the eyes lose its lubrication, it will be irritated quickly. An irritated eye is symptom of eye strain. You have to know that eye strain can be uncomfortable and painful at times. So how will you deal with dry eyes? Here are some tips:

  • Drink lots of water: The obvious tip is to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. By drinking water, it can give your eye moisture to keep it adequately hydrated all throughout the day. Do not forget to drink water.

 

  • Blink: The next thing that you can do is to blink. This may sound a bit silly but it can make a difference at the end of the day. If you are focused on something for a long time, there is a big possibility that you do not blink as normally as you would. Always think about blinking and if you need, take a short break so you can rest your eyes.

  • Utilize artificial tears: Tearing is a sign of good lubrication. If you do not produce enough natural tears, your eyes will dry out. If this is the case, the best thing that you can do is to purchase artificial tears. Be careful not to use eye drops as it can dry the eyes. Ask your doctor if you are uncertain what artificial tears to consider.

 

  • Remove contacts: Contacts are not meant to stay long on your eyes because it tends to dry it out. If you have contacts, all the more you need lubrication. If you feel eye strain, at least remove your contacts for a while. If you are sleeping, do not wear it. Ask your doctor about the best options for you.

 

  • Sleep and lubricate: Blinking can do your eyes good how much more if you sleep. It is important that you sleep to relax the eyes. If you noticed that your eyes are dried out, apply lubrication. You can use eye lubricants before going to sleep. Again, do not decide on it alone. Always seek for your doctor’s approval so you won’t suffer any complications at the end of the day.

It is time that you give importance to your eyes. Who else will?

How to Soothe Eye Strain

 

There are many causes of eye strain here in Singapore. Most cases of eye strain come from your work or activities that you do most. For example, if you are using computer screens too much or when you are reading intensely, you have higher chances of developing eye strain. This is usually not serious not unless you are diagnosed with a chronic one.

Not all people realize they have eye strain until they go and see the doctor. Eye strain is painful and uncomfortable. It is a condition that exhibits different symptoms like headache, twitching of the eyes, nausea, dizziness, light headedness and many more. It is important that you know when you have it so you can do something about it. You need to know how to soothe eye strain when it hits you. Help your eye muscles with the following things:

  • Sleep: Sleeping is the body’s way of relaxing the eyes and all its systems. There is a reason behind it and it won’t do you good if you ignore it. Sometimes you get so busy that you forget sleeping is important. Sleep is good for eye strain. Even closing your eyes for five minutes can make a difference.

 

  • Splash cold water: Cold water can help the eyes relax and be relieved. Splash cold water on your face for at least three to seven minutes. If you can stand it, try cold water with ice cubes. If you have eye mask or cold compress, put it in the refrigerator before using.

  • Use steaming towel: If you tried cold water but to no avail, you have to use steaming towel instead. It would be better if you put eucalyptus or menthol oil as it can be refreshing.

 

  • Lubricate eyes: Your eyes should be lubricated and the first thing that you should do is to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and avoid sweetened or caffeinated drinks. The next thing that you can do is to use artificial tears to moisten the eyes.

 

  • Massage face: Whenever you feel that your eyes are in strain, do a quick facial massage. This will increase the blood flow thereby relaxing muscles around. Try rubbing your cheek bones first then forehead and temples.

 

  • Remove contacts: Contacts are not meant to be used during sleep. Contacts can dry the eyes and even stress it even when asleep. The safest thing to do is not to wear it during sleep.

LASIK – Is It Safe?

Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK, is the most commonly performed eye surgery in Singapore to treat hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), and astigmatism. Like other types of laser eye surgery, LASIK aims to reshape the cornea to let the light, which passes through the eye, focus properly to the retina for clearer vision.

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If you’re among those people aiming to regain the perfect 20/20 vision, you must be looking into this eye surgery. Though it’s painless, you’re probably still in doubt of its safety. To better understand the procedure, here are some questions answered by LASIK Singapore surgeons.

1. “The eye surgery is described as quick and painless. How true is it?”
For most patients who have been though the procedure, they feel no pain during the process. However, minimal irritations may occur days after the surgery.

The lasik by clear vision in Singapore surgery starts by creating a flap in the cornea, and then the surgeon reshapes the cornea underneath the flap, which usually takes half an hour to get done. Patients will only feel the pressure without the pain. Clearvision also offers Epi-lasik which does not need to cut the flap.

Despite the simple procedure, however, it doesn’t mean that anyone with medical degree can perform it. Like any other surgery, the professional experience and license of the surgeon matters a lot in achieving best results.

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2. “How common are the complications?”
The eye surgery is made popular, and said to be one of the safest surgical technique, because of its very low complication rate. LASIK Singapore surgeons make sure that every patient is fit to undergo such surgery by performing a full comprehensive examination that will identify hazardous factors, such as thin corneas and dry eyes, which could increase the risk of post-operation complications.

3. “Who shouldn’t undergo LASIK surgery?”
There are people who are not qualified for the procedure. In fact, according to Singapore surgeons, about 20 percent of patients who have been evaluated are turned down because of high risk factors. Some of the common reasons why a patient isn’t qualified for the eye surgery include abnormally shaped corneas, high refractive errors (farsightedness or nearsightedness), dry eyes, cataracts, and eye problems due to diabetes.

However, the good news is that there are now alternative options, such as LASEK, cataract surgery, and corneal implants, if you’re turned down for LASIK surgery.

4. “What is the possible result for people considering this eye procedure?
Though LASIK is not for everyone, those who are qualified for the procedure can experience vision- and life-changing results. Same thing with any other surgery, if you’re considering this laser eye procedure, do extensive research beforehand and be wise in choosing a facility and your eye surgeon.

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Overall, the key to a safe procedure is in the selection of surgeon. Make sure you look for a licensed professional who has been in the practice for years. Don’t hesitate to ask for credentials and referrals. A reputable and competent eye surgeon will be confident in providing you references to check in with.