Eyes, too, can suffer from stress. Common causes for dry eyes are adverse environment conditions such as the dry air in heated rooms. Using the computer for long periods of time can also be burdensome to the eye and cause dry eyes. Contact lens wearers are particularly often suffering from dry eyes. Dry eyes burn, water, are reddened and sensitive. Further symptoms of dry eyes include itching, gritty or scratchy feelings, light sensitivity and a distinct feeling of dryness.
Dry Eyes: Treatment with Eye Drops and Wetting Agents
Dry eyes are not just irritated and reddened. When the surface of the eye is no longer sufficiently lubricated, the clear covering of the eye (cornea) or the surrounding conjunctiva can sustain small scratches and injuries. It is therefore important to treat eyes at an early stage and to treat then well (for instance by using eye drops) to avoid damage.
To treat dry eyes, medical preparations are used which lubricate the cornea and replace the body’s own tear fluid. This way, the protective tear film can be restored. Such preparations are usually applied as drops. Alternative formulations available for the treatment of dry eyes include gels and eye baths.
Consult your ophthalmologist before you start a treatment with eye drops to check if there is an underlying cause which requires treatment. Your ophthalmologist can decide which products are suitable for the treatment of dry eyes and can choose eye drops suitable for you. He can also advise you in the correct application of eye drops and provide you with all information material necessary. Also contact lens wearers should follow the ophthalmologist’s advice about suitable products.
Wetting Agents and Artificial Tears: OmniVision® Products
Wetting agents containing hyaluronic acid, such as Hylo-Vision® eye drops, do your eyes a power of good. The hyaluronic acid treatment wets the eye surface (that is, cornea and conjunctiva) in a way very similar to the body’s own tear fluid. Hyaluronic acid is tolerated well, as it is a natural substance. Furthermore, these eye drops promote cornea regeneration and thus speed up healing of smaller damages of the eye.
Eye drops containing hyaluronic acid: OmniVision® can supply you with a number of different eye drops containing hyaluronic acid for the treatment of dry eyes, such as Hylo-Vision® HD eye drops, Hylo-Vision® HD plus eye drops, Hylo-Vision® sine eye drops, Hylo-Vision® Gel sine eye drops, Hylo-Vision® SafeDrop® eye drops, Hylo-Vision® SafeDrop® Gel eye drops and Hylo-Vision® Gel multi eye drops. Many of these wetting agents do not contain preservatives. Eye drops containing hyaluronic acid (with or without preservatives) may also be used while wearing contact lenses. Please also refer to the patient information leaflet.
Artificial tears: So-called artifical tears have a slightly different composition but a similar effect. Artificial tears lubricate the cornea to replace the tear film and adjust the fluid balance.
OmniVision® is offering a large range of products to replace the tear film with artificial tears. These are Lacri-Vision® eye drops, Pan-Vision® eye drops, OmniTears® eye lid spray, Visco-Vision® Gel and Vit-A-Vision® eye ointment. Please note that some of these products may not be used while wearing soft contact lenses. Please also refer to the patient information leaflet.