Dry eye symptoms, especially while traveling, can ruin an entire trip without a quick remedy. Dry eye symptoms typically manifest as itchy, red eyes that are extra sensitive to bright light and cause overall discomfort. Anyone who has experienced these symptoms understands how tough dry eyes make it to focus and see overall. Under extreme symptoms, people may resort to laying down with their eyes closed in a dark room because any further effort is too painful.
Don't let this preventable pain ruin another day, much less another trip! Our friends at Avenova have developed the over-the-counter cure for dry eye symptoms. But first, let's dive into the different causes of dry eyes.
Dry Eye Causes
Dry eye symptoms are caused by a wide range of issues, including chronic health diseases, hormonal changes, allergies, and aging, as well as environmental conditions.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is the most common cause of dry eye syndrome, so common in fact that many people may not even realize they are inflicted. Eyes are constructed of three layers that create their fluid film: meibum, water, and mucus. This eye condition occurs when the meibomian glands fail to make enough quality oil to prevent the eye's surface from drying out. MGD is caused by a variety of factors, including clogged glands affecting the amount or quality of the oil, aging, ethnicity, high cholesterol, allergies, a damaged cornea or eyelid, and autoimmune diseases. In addition, external factors like medication, especially those that affect hormones, may also lead to meibomian gland dysfunction. The dry eye symptoms are further exacerbated by long periods staring at a computer screen or being in a very dry environment.
Blepharitis is distinguished by chronic inflammation of the eyelids and typically caused by a bacterial infection or untreated MGD, which can lead to bacterial growth. This bacteria may spread to the eyes from other skin inflammatory conditions, such as dandruff. The bacteria settle into the eyelash base or eyelid and, without regular hygenic cleaning, lead to growth and build-up. Blepharitis symptoms include red and itchy eyelids and, of course, dry eye syndrome.
Contact Lens Intolerance
Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI) is the term assigned to any person who experiences pain while wearing contact lenses. The causes range from chronic conditions to the wearer consistently leaving contacts in longer than recommended or not cleaning them properly between wearing. CLI can be temporary and remedied, or it can become so chronic that the inflicted person is unable to wear contacts any longer.
Dry Eyes While Flying
Regardless if a person already suffers from a biological condition above, even the healthiest person can experience this discomfort in environmental situations. Dry eye discomfort can be exacerbated by the low humidity, pressure-controlled air in airplanes, as the lack of humidity causes further dehydration (yes, dehydration affects eyes, too!). This is especially true for the people that immediately blast the overhead air conditioner vent, as the constant direct blowing dries anything below it.
High Altitude And Dry Eyes
In a 2008 study published by the National Institutes of Health, participants stationed in a high altitude region were monitored against another group of participants stationed in a low altitude location. Their findings stated that 20 percent of those at high altitude experienced dry eye symptoms, compared to 9 percent located at low altitude. This occurs because high altitude areas contain less oxygen and pressure, leading to dry, "thin" air quality.
Dry Eye Treatment
It is imperative to treat these dry eye conditions because, if left untreated, they may lead to chronic vision issues. Without adequate moisture, corneal abrasion can occur and may even lead to corneal ulcers (ouch!). Previously, dry eye symptoms not easily cured with basic over-the-counter eye drops necessitated a visit to the optometrist or ophthalmologist.
The good news is that Avenova, previously only available with a prescription, recently released their patented dry eye treatment formula for over-the-counter sale! This FDA-approved lid and lash solution spray is designed to rejuvenate dry eyes in as little as two weeks. The cure is found in their doctor-trusted and carefully designed formula.
Avenova Antimicrobial Lid And Lash Solution
Avenova's pure ingredients are the secret to this fast-acting safe solution.
Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is naturally produced in humans in white blood cells to combat bacteria and fight infections. However, if the bacteria has taken over, it may be necessary to supplement HOCl. Avenova spray is the only pure .01% hypochlorous acid eye care product designed to manage bacteria overgrowth and is also free of bleach impurities. This ensures it's safe for everyday use. The HOCl acts to remove microorganisms and other harmful debris on and near eyelids, restoring clear and infection-free eyes.
How To Use Avenova
Avenova's product is designed for quick morning and night application; the liquid can be sprayed directly onto closed eyelids or onto a cotton ball to wipe the eyelids. Please note, while Avenova is safe for use by makeup-wearers, it should be applied to bare skin for maximum efficacy. Each bottle should be used within 30 days to ensure maximum potency and success as well. Avenova only uses glass bottles because the HOCl can interact with plastic containers and eventually break them down, causing contamination.
The information found on TravelAwaits is intended for informational and educational purposes only and not for the purpose of rendering medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.