Do you have dry eyes? According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include a scratchy, itchy, burning sensation in your eyes, sensitivity to light, and eye redness among others. Dry eyes are caused by a lack of adequate tears. The solution? Artificial tears. My hubby has dry eyes and our ophthalmologist actually told him to use artificial tears to lubricate. I remember her recommending Systane.
Now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, most of the things we need to do are online. We used to go to the mall to shop, go to the restaurant to eat, go to school to study, etc. Now we browse online stores to buy things, order food via online portals, and do online distance learning. This means our eyes are getting a lot more screen time compared to before. Most of us probably exceed the recommended number of hours that we can stare into a screen. Extended screen time can also cause dry eyes because we tend to blink less. And this is why we need an eye lubricant like Systane on hand.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that you use artificial tears regularly if you have chronic dry eyes. It’s just a matter of finding the right kind since there are different variants. The most basic eye lubricant is Systane Ultra. It provides extended protection and relief for your eyes, making them feel refreshed. In the US, 76% of patients reported being able to watch TV or use a computer longer and more comfortably. Systane Balance is the more intense variant — clinical strength intensive therapy! It’s recommended if you have moderate to severe dry eyes. You can use the eye drops for up to 5-6x a day.
Systane Ultra UD is the preservative-free version of Systane Ultra. If you have sensitive eyes, this is the variant for you. It’s packed in single use vials since you can’t close it and keep it once opened. You have to use up the vial the day you open it. Being preservative-free, you can use it as often as you like.
I don’t really have dry eyes but I use Systane to relieve my eyes when they sting from slicing onions. Or when I accidentally get eye cream in them, lol. I gave both kids their own bottles since they’re doing hours of online distance learning everyday.
Given how difficult it is to go see a doctor these days, let’s take care of our health where and when we can.
Disclaimer: I am sharing my personal experience with Systane. This is an over-the-counter eye lubricant, it is not a cure but a symptom reliever. Please bear in mind that dry eyes can be caused by other underlying conditions so it is always best to consult a physician.
You can also check the FB Live Session we had with Systane and Dr. James Abraham Lee.
Systane is available at all leading drugstores nationwide. For more information, check out Systane Philippines on Facebook.
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