Dry, tired eyes can be very uncomfortable, yet it’s quite common. The reasons for it vary. It could be due to dry eye syndrome, also referred to as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, when tears evaporate too quickly or when your eyes simply don’t make enough tears. Specific eye conditions can cause sore eyes and you should speak to your optician/GP for their recommendations. It could also be due to autoimmune conditions like Sjögren’s, where dry eyes and a dry mouth are frequently seen.
Tired, dry or irritated eyes can be experienced by anyone, either infrequently or often, such as from eye strain, technology/screen use, poor lighting, dry air from air con or heating, allergies, dust, pollution or lack of sleep.
An optician can test for dry eyes and you should see your GP if it’s problematic as it may in a small number of cases, as noted above with Sjogren’s, be a sign of an underlying condition.
So, what can you do about tired, dry eyes?
You could break out a romcom dvd and see if you can have a good cry. Or you could try eye drops.
Eyes watering just thinking about dry eyes? If you have watery eyes a lot, speak to your GP/optician as eye drops may be recommended for you, too. Drops can help lubricate and provide the moisture needed so your eyes don’t have to overproduce their own.
Here are a few products to help, including my personal recommendation after buying Blink drops recently.
My Recommendation : Blink Intensive Eye Drops
This is the one I’ve recently started using & I find it incredibly refreshing and instantly soothing. The drops are slow and steady to come out so only one will drop at a time, meaning no mess or accidents if you’re not too adept at doing it, which I’m not. It’s 10ml and a little goes a long way. Whether you use it several times throughout the day, or occasionally as needed when your eyes are uncomfortable, tired, dry or irritated, it’s safe and effective. It’s also suitable for those with contact lenses. A very valuable investment, I just wish I’d started using this stuff sooner.
Available at :
Boots UK (free click&collect from store)
Other Products …
Thera Tears (US)
You get more in this one at 15ml and it’s got a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, so people are pretty happy with it. It helps restore the natural tear pH level and moisturise eyes while helping to prevent further irritation.
Available at :
Optrex Intensive Drops
This lubricates and relieves dry eyes intensely, while being suitable for those with contact lenses.
Murine Advanced Dry Eye Relief
A little more expensive but it’s another option for quick relief and long lasting results
Optex ActiMist Spray
If drops aren’t your thing, how about a spray? A good alternative if you can’t manage drops while still providing immediate cooling and soothing.
Do you use eye drops? If you have dry eyes or are regularly using screens, have a condition like Sjögren’s, or battle with modern life affecting your peepers, then it’s worth considering for your own comfort and the health of your eyes.