If you are planning a journey by air this summer, here are some handy tips for lens wearers:
Bring some eye drops in your hand luggage and use them whenever your eyes feel dry during the flight.
The air conditioning on planes recirculates the air and can dry up the surface of your eyes. This can cause them to feel uncomfortable and irritated.
On long flights it is advisable to remove your contact lenses and wear your spectacles during the flight. This will help stop your eyes from feeling gritty and tired, leaving you ready to enjoy your holiday.
I have always had dry eyes, and find most lenses dry and uncomfortable after a few hours. This year, I wore Acuvue Trueye daily disposable contact lenses to the Christmas party, and had comfortable eyes all night! No more dry scratchy eyes!
Traditionally, contact lenses were made from a hydrogel material. This material contained a lot of water. Oxygen travelled through the water part of the lens to allow the eye to breathe. However the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye was limited, and the water in the lens tended to evaporate during the day. This meant that eyes often felt dry and irritated after a few hours.
Manufacturers found that when silicone was added to the lens, the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye increased dramatically. This is much healthier for the eye.
Another benefit of silicone is that doesn’t dehydrate during the day so the eyes will be whiter and more comfortable.
Now, this silicone hydrogel material is available in daily disposable contact lenses, giving the ultimate in
Its not often one would blog yet again about the eyebag, but the reportscoming back from patients are just brilliant.
I suffered myself for a short while from a gland problem and my eyes were irritated and red. Washing with Johnstons baby soap was the answer and hot cloths were messyand cooled down quick.
So the answer is the eyebagthat you pop in the microwave and give your eyes a real treat.
How it works!
When placed on the upper face, the eyebag gently releases warmth which stimulates the normal glands around the eyes, releasing the body’s own natural oils, giving you instant comfort.
Our eyebag could be just what you are looking for. The EyeBag was created in 2004 by Mr Teifi James, a consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, working in West Yorkshire a patented, CE marked Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The heated EyeBag is applied to the upper face so that the bridge of the nose and both the upper and lower eyelids are covered, will release warmth; stimulating the normal sebaceous oily secretions from the meibomian glands and offering instant comfort.
Watch this video referencing the success of the Eye Bag from a consultant Ophthalmologist.
In stock today in both Rathmines and Blanchardstown.
If tears aren’t oily enough, they evaporate more quickly than normal causing the eyes to feel gritty and dry.
In Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, the oil-producing glands in the eyelids are blocked by waxy deposits that don’t melt at body temperature.
The usual way of treating this is by using a hot facecloth pressed onto the closed eyelid. However, this can be messy, and the facecloth loses heat quickly.
An eye specialist in England invented theEyeBag. It is a silk and suedex eye compress that is heated up in the microwave and stays warm for up to 10 minutes.
It melts the waxy deposits, stimulating the release of natural oils from the eyelid glands into the tears. Combined with lid massage, this makes the tears more oily, reducing tear evaporation and dryness. It can be reused up to 200 times.
EyeBag users report a reduction in grittiness, whiter eyes, and increased success with contact lenses.
We stock EyeBags. Call in to pick up one for yourself or buy online!
Did you know that watery eyes can be a symptom of dry eyes?
If your tears aren’t oily enough, they will evaporate more quickly, leaving your eyes red, gritty and dry. When this happens, your eyes will compensate by producing extra tears. But because the tears aren’t good quality, they often run down your face, instead of remaining on your eye and doing the job they’re supposed to.
This can be more noticeable when you’re doing concentrated work like reading or driving, as your eyes become irritated when you blink less. Also, when you’re outdoors, your eyes may also water as the wind also aggravates dry eyes.
There are numerous drops available for dry eyes. Most of them are quite watery, and give only very temporary relief. Eye ointments will remain in your eyes for longer, but are quite greasy, so are usually only suitable for night time as they can blur your vision..
My favourite eye drops are Hylo-Tear. These have just the right consistency. They are oily and silky, but not so viscous that they will blur your vision. Every time you blink, they re-coat the eye, giving lasting relief.
They have a clever pump action, releasing each drop without letting germs in, so you can keep them for 3 months from opening if they’re not already empty!
They are slightly more expensive than other eye drops, but well worth it.