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Introduction

At Homesight, we understand the importance of maintaining your eye health for a fulfilling life, particularly when you’re housebound. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a common condition that can significantly impact your comfort and vision, with its prevalence increasing in our digital age. It’s estimated that up to one in every three people over the age of 65 experiences DES, which is more prevalent in women than in men – for more information visit Sight Research UK

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the right kind of tears to stay moist. This condition is vital for keeping your eyes clear and comfortable. Two main types exist: Aqueous tear-deficient dry eye and Evaporative dry eye, each linked to various causes including age, medication, and environmental factors. For those spending significant time indoors, air conditioning or heating can further dry out the air, exacerbating symptoms.

Understanding the Impact of Dry Eye Syndrome

Research indicates a significant portion of older adults, particularly women, are affected by DES. These statistics highlight the need for awareness and proactive management to preserve eye health and quality of life.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms include dryness, irritation, blurred vision, and discomfort, which can hinder daily activities. Diagnosis by a healthcare professional, such as the dedicated team at Homesight, involves a thorough examination. Our opticians can visit your home, offering personalised care to manage your condition effectively. For more about our services, visit Homesight on the NHS website.

Treatment and Management

Managing DES includes professional advice and treatments alongside self-care measures to alleviate symptoms. The NHS recommends:

  • Cleaning your eyelids daily to remove debris.
  • Taking breaks during prolonged computer use to rest your eyes.
  • Positioning your computer screen just below eye level.
  • Using a humidifier to keep the air moist.
  • Switching from contact lenses to glasses to give your eyes a rest.

These strategies, along with the advice from HomeSight’s professionals, can help manage DES symptoms, improving your eye health and comfort.

Conclusion

At HomeSight, our mission is to support your eye health through professional advice, effective treatments, and compassionate care, all from the comfort of your home. Understanding and managing Dry Eye Syndrome is crucial, especially as it affects a significant portion of the population, particularly older adults and women. By staying informed and proactive in seeking care, you can manage DES symptoms and enhance your quality of life.

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