Thursday, July 11, 2013
Many dry eyes in the house
This according to a piece in the WSJ (July 9, 2013) by Sumath Reddy.
The membranes that produce a key component of tears dry as people age, for one thing. Also being in low humidity on planes or in air conditioning can be a factor. Antihistamines, antidepressants--these dry out eyes.
If you work at a computer, you need to blink! Blink 12-15 times a minute.
Each blink spreads three elements of tears. If these are clogged or not produced proportionately, the eye surface gets tiny pits.
Most people try the over-the-counter liquids and gels first.
Then a doctor may try an antibiotic or steroid.
There is also a new procedure out there called Lipi-Flow--involving a 12-min procedure to heat and unpack oil glands This costs $850 per eye and lasts a year or a little more than a year.
Everyone who has not been in a coma knows I had four failed eye surgeries. I use plain old non-prescription Blink, which I get from eBay--a big, one-ounce bottle is about $12. I had stiff tear duct tubes that felt like a thorn in the eye corner. They fell out. Then I got plastic ones. They fell out. So now I used Blink.
But see what your doc says.
Oh, and put a sign on the computer--BLINK! It also helps me to do something at a different distance than the computer for a few hours at a time.