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What impact can dry eye have on your daily life?
While dry eye is not usually serious, it can still be bothersome and impact a person’s quality of life by interfering with their daily activities and work.
What medical conditions can cause dry eye?
People with medical conditions (like glaucoma and those who have undergone eye-related surgery) are more prone to dry eye.
Can lifestyle changes improve dry eye symptoms?
There are steps you can take to protect your eyes. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
How can dry eye be managed?
The condition can usually be treated and self-managed through changes in behaviour, home treatments and the use of artificial tears or dry eye drops.
What is dry eye?
Dry eye affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and tends to affect women more. It is a condition that can cause eyes to turn red and feel itchy, stingy and like they have something in them. Women of menopausal or post-menopausal age are more likely to experience dry eye, as are people who spend a lot of time looking at devices with screens and those who wear contact lenses.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted dry eye?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, screen use, which can cause dry eye, has increased. Recent research shows that more than a quarter (26%) of people surveyed use screens for a long period of time, causing their eyes to become dry.
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