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Dry Eyes, A Suggestion For You

Updated on July 24, 2017

Growing up in the south, we learn to deal with a lot of different allergies and dry eyes. With air being pollenated and also toxic due to several chemical plants in the southern Louisiana region, many people can relate to have severe dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome is a very common problem in many environments around the world. There are several ways to treat. Many Optometrists or Ophthalmologists can prescribe something for it, but sometimes that can get a bit costly. I am here to suggest (not cure because I am no eye doctor) two products I find are very helpful in my case of having to deal with dry eyes. Now, I want you to know that this is just my suggestion and that this is not a cure for dry eyes. Also, this is not meant to be for red eyes, just for dry eyes. Lubricating the eyes is more of what I will be targeting. I have worked in optical for over 11 years, so I have used several different products and samples that our vendors have brought us over the past.

With many of our professions and occupations, computer screens, fluorescent lights and other things can be a leading cause to dry eyes and eye strain. Many people don't realize that there are several causes that could be in our common daily routine. Especially with work and hobbies.

Systane

The first set of eye drops that I would recommend and strong suggest is the brand Systane which is made by Alcon, a very trusted brand name in the optical industry. Now, depending on what type of problems you may be having, Systane makes a few different styles of drops. A few for lubricating and others for more advanced formulas to address other issues with the eyes. One of the Systane brand drops I love and use mostly is the Systane Balance. What I like about these drops is along with a refreshing lubrication, they also have an oil based liquid which helps cut down the dryness even more in my opinion. I also find that I don't have to use these drops as much during the day like I have other drops in the past.

Refresh

The other product I want to talk about is made by the company Allergan. The eye drops is a series of drops called Refresh. Now just like the other drops mentioned above, Refresh also has a few varieties to choose from depending on the symptoms you are having. Although I do prefer the Systane Balance, Refresh eye drops do really well also. I do find you have to use them more during the day than the Systane drops. However, I do prefer the Refresh Gel drops to use strictly at night before I go to bed. These are very refreshing and my eyes do not feel near as dry in the morning.

If you are looking for affordable and temporary relief, then I would suggest these two products for you. There are several things that can cause Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome. Things like constantly being under a fan, or the other causes I listed above. There are more direct prescription drops that a doctor can prescribe, but if you are looking for something to get by in the meantime then these drops could do the trick. I have a bad habit of sleeping under the fan and being in front of a computer a long time, so I always have these drops handy. Next time you go to your annual eye appointment talk with your doctor about trying these drops out. I know my doctor keeps several samples on hand, as well as we have many coupons and rebates that can help with the cost. It is always suggested to get an eye exam once a year. I would recommend it and if your eyes are feeling dry, talk with your doctor and they can set you on the right path to get those eyes feeling lubricated once again.

Again I want to clear up that I am not trying to cure any type of eye problems or dry eyes. I am merely suggesting some products that I use and have had success with.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I have heard about that procedure Tamara. It is amazing what they are accomplishing now.

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      Tamara Moore 2 months ago

      The doctor performed a tiny surgical procedure in his office where he did something to my eye ducts (either opened or closed them) to help with my eyes. I also use the Drops from Costco and it's very soothing... They are the Refresh ones that you have displayed above. My doctor recommended them, as well. It's strange that I need eye drops; people tell me that my eyes are so glassy, already... Oh well!

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      No problem Mary. I bet it is nice living by the ocean. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      We live near the ocean, so our air is not polluted, but we do get strong winds. This combined with an extreme glare is awful for our eyes.

      I haven't tried either of the products you suggested but appreciate the recommendation.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Eric I would. I would also suggest using the gel drops at night too. Thank you for stopping by. Let me know if this was helpful.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Linda you are lucky. Thank you for the comment.

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank goodness I've never had that problem. Maybe it's the damp climate. I think we worry more about mold and mildew than anything else LOL.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We get dry eye around here do to heavy fan use in the heat and then about 30 days a year with absolutely no humidity. (Santa Anna winds from the desert)

      Would you recommend Systane for these causes also?

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I wish I was a doctor Angel. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Yeah that is the one I really like Flourish

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Great recommendations. My eye doctor recommended Systane, one of the products you listed here.

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      Angel Guzman 2 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Good work Dr. Fuller. I've been lucky with my eyes :)