What’s in your handbag? Keys, purse, phone, tissues, lipstick, travel pass, chewing gum… Life in the 21st Century is hectic – we rush from home to work, to appointments and meetings, to the gym and back home again and it’s exhausting. No wonder our eyes can feel tired too.
Do your eyes feel dry and do you ever get a burning sensation in them? Over half (50.6%) of those questioned in a recent survey said they suffer from dry eyes, at least on occasion due to computer work and modern day living. It can be even worse if you wear contact lenses. In fact nearly a fifth (17.6%) of people surveyed said they didn’t wear their contact lenses as often or for as long as they would like due to their eyes feeling dry.
In fact research shows that long periods in front of the computer or using devices such as tablets and mobile phones can make eyes feel dry, and this is something which 32.6% of those surveyed recognised as a cause.
Leading optician to WINK, Francesca Marchetti, advises “a good way to help ease dry eyes and eye strain when you’re at the computer is to take a break for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes and look at objects that are 20 feet (6m) away. Think 20/20/20!
“Add in another ‘20’ during your 20-second screen break and give yourself 20 good blinks. The reason we blink is to keep the eyes moist as the blinks help to lubricate and refresh our eyes. The challenge with computers and using digital equipment such as smart phones and tablets is that our blink rate dramatically reduces. Combine this with a dry, air conditioned environment and this spells trouble for our eyes as the tears evaporate more than normal.”
“Another great way to help with tired, strained or dry eyes is to use Bausch + Lomb’s recently launched Biotrue® rewetting drops. They come in handy single-dose packs and a 10ml dispenser, ideal for a desktop or handbag. What’s more, the 10ml dispenser can be kept for six months once opened. I always keep it to hand and it really helps when I am working late or need to keep going that bit longer.
“Dry or strained eyes is something that most of us suffer from and can be a daily issue, but we must remember that we shouldn’t put up with it. Several of my patients also find that wearing some contact lenses can exacerbate their eyes, making them feel even more tired. Biotrue® rewetting drops provide an ideal solution to all those who suffer strained, tired or dry eyes as not only are they preservative free, but they rehydrate and lubricate the eyes to alleviate these symptoms.”
The drops contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a favourite ingredient in anti-ageing skincare, which is found naturally in your eyes, skin and joints. HA traps and holds onto water, helping keep these areas lubricated or hydrated.
When should you use eye drops?
Today’s offices are normally cool and dry, which feels nice and comfortable but is not ideal for the eyes. Francesca Marchetti at WINK suggests “using an eye drop just before you begin work can help to slow the drying of the eye that takes place, however it is good to use them periodically throughout the day.”
With over 160 years in eye care research and innovation, well-respected company Bausch + Lomb is one of the world’s leading developers of eye health products including contact lenses, lens care products, medicines and implants for eye conditions. These eye care experts especially developed Biotrue® rewetting drops for users occasionally experiencing dry eye symptoms caused by environmental factors or using contact lenses.
Inspired by the biology of your eyes™, the Biotrue® rewetting drops contain polymer hyaluronic acid (as sodium hyaluronate), which is found within the natural structures of a healthy human eye and its tear film, and helps to keep our eyes lubricated and relieve symptoms of dry, strained eyes. In fact it can retain almost 100 times its weight in water to keep our eyes feeling hydrated. HA also forms most of the vitreous humor, the fluid found inside the eye, which serves to transport nutrients into the eye.
The Biotrue® rewetting drop range contains high quality HA. Crucially, the Biotrue® rewetting drops are preservative free and suitable for contact lens wearers.
As a result, Biotrue® rewetting drops deliver instant and natural hydration because of their specific preservative free formulation based on hyaluronic acid.
Biotrue® rewetting drops help relieve tired or dry eyes caused by all the following and more:
- Long periods at the computer
- Windy outdoor conditions
- Contact lens wear
- Air conditioning
- Air travel
- Sports activities
Biotrue® Rewetting Drops comes in two formats:
- 10ml unique Biotrue rewetting drops dispenser: Biotrue® rewetting drops 10ml’s innovative Control Grip system simplifies handling and gives you peace of mind during use. It is preservative free and can be used for six months once opened. It contains 0.24% hyaluronic acid.
- Single dose: Easy to administer, this handy single dose unit is particularly convenient for travel and the ideal companion, whether in the office, during leisure time or while travelling. It is preservative free and contains 0.2% hyaluronic acid.
The 10ml dispenser costs £9.49 and is available from Superdrug and Boots nationwide; and the single-dose units cost £6.49 and is available from leading independent pharmacies and opticians nationwide.
- OnePoll survey of 1000 respondents commissioned by Bausch + Lomb May 2015
- Computer Vision Syndrome. http://web.archive.org/web/20070425232303/http://www.aoa.org/x5374.xml
- Chemistry and Biology of Hyaluronan: Hari G. Garg, Deborah A. Quinn, Marcella M. Mascarenhas and Charles A. Halles: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
- Biotrue rewetting drops have a concentration of 0.24% hyaluronic acid