Dry, itchy eyes? Our tips on how to get some relief
The sun’s out, the birds are singing… and you can’t stop sneezing! But an itchy nose isn’t the only annoying symptom of hayfever – it can also leave you with dry and irritated eyes. Even if you don’t suffer from hayfever, dry eyes is a common problem for many people – especially in the summer when air conditioning units and UV rays from the sun play havoc with our eyes. And if you’ve spent an age perfecting your make-up, then the last thing you want to do is have your look ruined by red and scratchy eyes. Scope Ophthalmics nutritional advisor Amy Liddell told Cover Media: “Water makes up about two thirds of our body, and during the summer months we lose water at a faster rate as our body naturally sweats out moisture to cool us down. If we don’t top up our water reserves we can start to feel dehydrated - with tiredness, dry skin and dry eyes being common symptoms.”
Hycosan Fresh Eye Drops are a really good choice to help relieve dryness as they reduce redness, puffiness and hydrate and revitalise eyes. As an added bonus it contains natural ingredients and is also suitable for contact lens wearers.
Another all natural choice is Similasan’s Allergy Eye Relief eye drops. Made entirely of 100 per cent natural ingredients, this can be used by adults and children over the age of two, and stimulates the body’s natural ability to temporarily relieve burning, itching and watery eyes.
Using eye drops can sometimes be inconvenient in terms of ruining your make-up. That’s why the influx of eye mists is so amazing – these deliver an injection of moisture to the eye without damaging your perfected look. Optrex ActiMist 2in1 Eye Spray for Itchy and Watery Eyes is a great option if you suffer from hayfever. Simply close your eyes, hold the bottle around 10cm away from the eyes and spritz onto the eyelid. You’ll feel an instant sense of relief which will last up to four hours.
If you’re at home and you’ve got a bit of time then try The Eye Doctor. This is an innovative and reusable hot eye compress which is an effective treatment for dry eyes as well as grittiness, irritation, inflamed, painful and sore eyes. Just pop it in the microwave to heat and then place on your eyes for 7 to 10 minutes.
If you are really suffering in hayfever season, it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of sunglasses. The lens will provide a layer of protection against pollen in the air, and you will look stylish in the process – what’s not to love?!