Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How the Environment Affects your Eyes

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How the Environment Around You Affects Your Eyes Whether you are awake or asleep, the environment around you can have an enormous impact on your eyes. We are constantly exposed to many different elements that can have a detrimental effect on the health of the eye. Once you are aware of these elements, it is quite easy to take steps to protect the eyes. There are many eye care products that be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy, but it is always best to seek proper medical advice to get an accurate diagnosis.

While you are sleeping

If you sleep with ceiling fans on, you may awake in the morning with itchy or irritated eyes. This is because the constant turbulence of air from a ceiling fan can cause dry eye syndrome. A lot of people don’t realise it, but many people sleep with their eyes open; even just millimetres. This allows the surface of the eye to dry out. You may need eye drops prescribed or some people find sleeping with an eye mask on will give them relief.


There are many things that can cause allergies, such as pollen, dust and animal fur. If you find your eyes are gritty, watery and red, you are likely to be suffering from an allergy to your surroundings. You may find your allergies are seasonal, with the dry dusty conditions of summer, the profusion of flowers in spring or the blustery winds of winter. Speak to your doctor about eye drops specifically for allergies.

Playing sports

Playing sport can be exhilarating, especially with the fresh air blowing into your face and eyes and the warm sunshine beating down upon you. This environment can play havoc with your eyes, leading to dry watery red eyes. It is important to protect your eyes during these times with wraparound sunglasses. This will give protection against ultraviolet rays and harsh windy conditions. If you spend a lot of time at the beach, the salty water can aggravate the eyes and cause inflammation. Artificial tears can dilute the salt and make the eyes comfortable.

Technological environment

The era we live in has introduced us to many wonderful things such as big screen televisions, computers, iPads, mobile phones and video games. These are all part of our daily life but do cause eyestrain and eye fatigue. Eye exercises and artificial tears can give relief if you find you are suffering from dry eyes.

The Environment

Whether you spend most of your time in the city or the country, you may be exposed to dust, smoke, dirt, plants, animals or wind which all cause irritation and inflammation of the eye which, if left untreated, can lead to infection of the eye. Many irritating eye symptoms caused by the environment around you, especially Dry Eye, can be treated with artificial tears such as those Allergan REFRESH eye drops. These artificial tears will help to maintain lubrication. Dry eye symptoms can range from mild to severe, and need to be treated properly so as not to progress further. Do not try any home remedies without seeking professional help, as home remedies may do damage to the eyes. When exposed to the harsh environment, your eyes may need a little help, so always seek professional advice on eye health care.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. None of the opinions expressed within this post are my own. 


  1. My husband and I have been using Refresh for a few weeks. His parents' doctor recommended them, and they really do make a difference. My eyes don't feel nearly as dry as they did before (although they'd probably improve immensely if I got more than 5-6 hours sleep a night).

  2. This is a very interesting and helpful post! I don't have allergies but some days my eyes just feel worn living is rough on the eyes...they need Refreshed!! (: