I used to work in front of my computer for long hours and my first visit to eyes specialist was in 2006.
This specialist was recommended to me by my ex-colleague. He also suffering some eye problems. I had tried with few other eyes specialists. Normally, the first question asked by the doctors was whether I am a contact lenses user. I told them I never wear it. Dry eyes often occurs on older people. Doctors felt very strange because it happened on a young guy like me too.
I think of some possible causes that lead me to have this illness:
- Imbalance of tear-flow system
- Structural problems with the eyes that don't allow them to close properly when sleeping
- Natural aging process (Once again, this prove that I am getting old!)
- working long hours at the computer
Dry Eyes giving me the experience from:
- Light sensitivity
- A gritty sensation
- A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye
- Blurring of vision
- Increased discomfort after periods of reading, watching TV, or working on a computer (especially during night time)
- lubricating eye drops which prescribed by the doctor
- When reading, watching television or working at the computer, I need to stop periodically – about once every 20 minutes – to blink my eyes and give them a break
- Sit away from blasting air vents or turn the vents away from me when in the car. Heating or air-conditioning can dry out my eyes quickly. I sit at the place which facing the air conditioned when working in Manila last time. Thus, I will avoid to do it again.
- Drink lots of water to keep my body hydrated
- Take more vegetables that rich in Vitamin A, C & E, eyes supplement for eye health
- Reduce the time facing computer
- Sleep early to keep my eyes well rested and healthy. (Although I always feel sleepy and tired on the next day when I sleep early)