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It’s important to care for your eyes no matter what stage of life you are at.
My Eye Care provides expert guidance and resources to help you protect your eye health and manage frustrating dry eye symptoms.
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.
A recent 2,000+ person survey, commissioned by Santen in 2020, has revealed:
Despite women of menopausal or post-menopausal age, regular screen users and contact lens wearers being among the most likely groups to have dry eye, more than half (53%) of those surveyed didn’t realise they were at risk.
Nearly a third (32%) of those with dry eye agreed that they didn't know where to find information about the condition.
Almost half (42%) of those who were taking treatment for their dry eye said it took between 1 and 3 years to find an effective treatment.
More than a third (38%) of dry eye sufferers surveyed said they didn’t use dry eye treatments, and of those that did, nearly 1 in 5 (19%) admitted they were unhappy with their current treatment.
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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What impact can dry eye have on people?
While dry eye is not usually serious, it can still be bothersome and impact a person’s quality of life by interfering with aspects of their daily activities and work productivity.
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.
How could lifestyle be impacting dry eye?
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 be treated and self-managed through changes in behaviour, home treatments and the use of artificial tears or dry eye drops, meaning there is no need to see a healthcare professional unless symptoms don’t improve. Using a dry eye treatment that provides long-lasting hydration can help.
Mr Sai Kolli, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
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