Do you find yourself on the computer for hours a day? I work as a senior accountant with a developer, so my entire day is spent in front of a computer. After work, I come home to sit in front of another computer, spend some relaxing time on my iPad, or watch TV with the family. So what’s the common factor in all these activities? The answer is that I’m constantly staring at a bright screen. I’m sure this is why I have three pairs of glasses.
One of the side effects of so much screen time is that I tend to get watery eyes. Contradictory to what one might think, watery eyes are a symptom of dry eyes. Dry eyes are very common among people who spend so much time on the computer. You tend to blink less when you’re staring at your screen, which causes your eyes to dry out quicker.
Tips to Reduce Dry Eyes
- Blink 10 times slowly every 20 minutes
- Use good lighting while on the computer
- Sit at a proper distance from your computer screen
No matter what I do, I tend to suffer from dry eyes. My husband has the same issue and is often rubbing his leaky eyes at night. We were recently given a new product to try called Cliradex Light.
Cliradex is a cleanser for your eyes that helps combat dry eyes and other eye irritations. It comes in two forms: towelettes and a foam cleanser. We were sent the foam cleanser to try. It’s easy to use. Simply use a dime-sized amount of the foam in freshly washed hands. Rub your hands together until you create a liquid, and apply the liquid to your eyelids and surrounding areas. While I think the towelettes might be more convenient, I think the foam will last longer and is a better bang for your buck.
So what did we think of Cliradex? After using Cliradex, there was a very cool sensation around my eyes. This wore off after a few minutes, but I found that Cliradex bothered my sensitive eyes. I’m not sure what it is about my eyes, but they are pretty sensitive. I can wear eyeshadow, but most other things, including facial cleanser, bother my eyes. After using Cliradex for the first time, I found that my eyes watered within the first 15 minutes. It seemed to bother me more than it helped. Due to this, my husband was not interested in giving it a try. I only tried the Cliradex a few times, and each time it bothered my eyes, so for that reason I did not give it a try again, or for any length of time, to see if it would help my dry eyes.
I would love to find something that works on my dry eyes. Currently, my best solution, given to me by my eye doctor, is to place a very hot (as hot as you can get without burning yourself) washcloth soaked in water over my eyes for about five minutes one to two times a week. This tends to help relieve some of my symptoms and offer some relief from my dry eyes.