Also known as keratoconjunctivitis, those who have had conjunctivitis would understand the pain, although the symptoms are different:
What is dry eye?
- Red eyes
- Crusty eyes when you wake (ew)
- Temporarily blurred vision, improved when it blinks
Whilst I was at university, I had a part time job as a lifeguard. Quite obviously eyesight is of utmost importance but so many times I was shot down with dry eye syndrome. In short, it’s caused when the tear production is disrupted in some way.
What can cause dry eye?
- Being in a hot or windy climate
- Contact lenses
- Underlying medical conditions
- Medication side effects
- Hormonal changes
For me it was working in heat between 38-50°C next to a swimming pool, with intense humidity… Just check out my eyes here:
How to treat dry eye?
- Eye drops
- Medication for inflammation
- Surgery (noo!)
What do the professionals recommend?
Dr David Mantle FRSC FRCPath, medical adviser at Pharma Nord says:
Omega 7 Sea buckthorn oil is extracted from berries of the sea buckthorn plant, a medicinal shrub originating in the Himalayas. It is a particularly rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), specifically omega-7 (palmitoleic and cis-vaccenic acids), omega-3 (linoleic acid) and omega-6 (alpha-linoleic acid), together with antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids).
The PUFAs and antioxidants present in Pharma Nord’s Omega 7 sea buckthorn oil capsules act in synergy to maintain the structure and function of mucous membranes throughout the body, including those forming the outer surface of the eye. In a randomised controlled clinical trial, patients with dry eye syndrome given Omega 7 as an oral supplement (2gm day for 3 months) showed a significant improvement in symptoms.