Dry eyes, drive less open windows

- Nov 18, 2019-

Many elderly people and those with more eyes have dry eye syndrome. Severe dry eye can cause vision loss and cause serious adverse effects on quality of life. Even a mild loss of vision doubles the risk of a fall and increases the risk of hip fracture by a factor of four. In addition, the incidence of depression will also increase. With this kind of eye disease, there should be no mistakes in life. The US "Cable News Network" summarized this.


1. Do not ignore the symptoms. Even if dry eye is at an early stage, it cannot be ignored. It will increase over time, and if left untreated, it can cause serious vision loss.


2. Don't use eye drops. Some eye drops contain chemicals that are highly irritating and may make the patient feel more uncomfortable. The preservatives contained in them may further irritate the eye. Patients should use appropriate eye drops under the guidance of a doctor.


3. Do not increase the airflow. When the speed is fast, it is best not to open the window or open the sunroof; do not open the electric fan when sleeping in summer; do not face the face with the air conditioner. All airflow around the eyes exacerbates dry eye and minimizes exposure to these conditions, helping to relieve discomfort.


4. Quit smoking or stay away from secondhand smoke. Smoking not only causes damage to the heart, lungs and circulatory system, but also hurts the eyes. Smoke from tobacco can irritate the eyes, especially in dry eye patients. Smoke can damage the lipid layer of the eye, hindering the lubrication of the eyeball and causing the tears to evaporate too quickly.


5. Do not do laser myopia surgery. Some people develop dry eye after excimer laser in situ keratoplasty (LASIK) or laser optical keratectomy (PRK) and last for several months. If you already have dry eye, doing these exercises will aggravate the symptoms.


6. Treat other diseases. Some diseases, such as rosacea, blepharitis or certain autoimmune diseases, can also cause dry eyes. These related diseases can be cured and dry eye syndrome may be good.


7. Pay attention to certain drugs. Some medications for rheumatoid arthritis or depression may aggravate dry eye syndrome. Antihistamines and diuretics are also responsible for the worsening of dry eye syndrome.