Thursday, July 11, 2013

Many dry eyes in the house

Do your eyes feel gritty or sore? It may not be allergies. There is an epidemic of dry eye going around.

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.

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