What is a dry eye disease and how to manage it?

Nov 4, 2021 | Live, Only Berlin

Living with dry eyes doesn’t have to limit your quality of life

MakatiMed’s Department of Ophthalmology shares helpful tips on how to be proactive in caring for your eyes

Do your eyes always sting whenever the wind blows? Or how about do they get painful when you use those gadgets for an extended time? Do you always feel like there’s something stuck in your eye, even though there isn’t? Do they get itchy and red? If so, you could be suffering from dry eye disease. 

What is a dry eye disease and how to manage it?

Dry eye disease is a multifactorial condition where an inadequate amount of tears are produced or evaporate quickly due to poor quality, according to Justin Raymond Manlongat, MD of Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) Department of Ophthalmology. There is a myriad of symptoms which primarily include eye discomfort and visual disturbance. If severe enough, it can impact a person’s quality of life, job, and simple daily activities such as reading and driving. If you suspect you have a dry eye disease, here are some things to consider:

Consult an ophthalmologist

Having a complete eye exam is the first step in determining if you have dry eye disease. “Dry eye is an ocular surface disorder with a wide spectrum of clinical signs and symptoms so that management may be different for each patient,” says Dr. Manlongat. Most patients use lubricant eye drops as prescribed by their doctors. This artificial tear aids in relieving symptoms of dry eye disease. Some undergo further evaluation, additional procedures, and medications. These suggestions depend on the type of dry eye disease, its severity, and the presence of other underlying conditions.

Change your lifestyle habits

What is a dry eye disease and how to manage it?
Managing dry eye diseases also includes changing reading habits and getting proper eye rest.

Managing dry eye diseases also includes modifying your lifestyle, Dr. Manlongat points out. This may consist of changing reading habits and getting proper eye rest. Put off the gadget for a while especially if you’re using it for a long time already. He also suggests that you avoid the direct draft from fans and air conditioners. When outside, goggles or glasses can protect your eyes from the drying effect of the wind. 

For contact lens wearers, use them responsibly as directed.

Be patient and consistent

Dr. Manlongat says that dry eye disease may require long-term treatment. “You need to have regular consultations with your ophthalmologist to evaluate the effectiveness of your current treatment regimen based on your clinical signs and symptoms,” he adds. “The list of medications may also change throughout treatment. You may observe the benefits of certain medications after weeks to months of consistent usage. So, follow the advice of your ophthalmologist closely, be patient, and trust that all your efforts will be worth it.” 

There is no definite cure for dry eyes just yet. However, with proper remedies prescribed by a physician, symptoms can significantly be regulated. You don’t have to let dry eyes limit your quality of life. Be proactive in caring for your eyes by consulting a doctor from MakatiMed now. 

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What is a dry eye disease and how to manage it?

11 Comments

  1. Owen Ponce

    Now I’m aware of this!
    This is an important matter to know…
    It’s interesting facts and informative!

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  2. Udietamo

    Thanks for sharing this mommy, sensitive po talaga Ang mga eyes natin kaya need natin ng proper care

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  3. Winnie Cruz

    Thanks po mommy para dito kaya ung anak ko po iniiwasan Kong tutok sa cellphone kasi hinde madali mag karoon nang salamin po minsan Makati po sa mata pag may allergy po haliMbawa sa alikabok or sa matapang na sabon po

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  4. Jen Guzman

    Thank you Momi for sharing this very informative article, madalas talaga nananakit yung mata ko pag matagal akong gumagamit ng cellphone, kaya madalas talaga hindi ako nakakapag online pinapahinga ko din ang mata ko. Maganda talaga pag may regular na check up para mabigyan ng sapat na medical ang ating mga mata.

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  5. Cheng Broquiza

    Nakakatakot namn po palA talaga ang Dry eyes desease. Kailangaan habang maaga pa maagapan at ma cure agad. Mas maganda talaga ang may alam. Health is wealth stay safe.

    Reply
  6. Cheng Broquiza

    Nakakatakot namn po palA talaga ang Dry eyes desease. Kailangaan habang maaga pa maagapan at ma cure agad. Mas maganda talaga ang may alam. Health is wealth stay safe.
    Thank you for sharing this to us Momi.

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  7. Cheng Broquiza

    Nakakatakot namn po palA talaga ang Dry eyes desease. Kailangaan habang maaga pa maagapan at ma cure agad. Mas maganda talaga ang may alam. Health is wealth stay safe.
    Thank you for sharing this to us Momi. ♥️♥️♥️

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  8. Ma. Cyril Creer

    Maraming salamat po sa blog na ito momi Berlin . Marami po akong natutunan about sa Dry Eye Disease at kung pano ito mamamanage ..
    The best way po talaga if ever makaexperience nito ay wag itong isawalang bahala at magpakonsulta agad sa espesyalista ..
    And always remember that PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE ..

    Reply
  9. Mitra Lyka

    Thank you po sa info na ito mommy Berlin lalo na po ngayon na halos lahat ng tao eh nakatutok na lang sa gadget.

    Reply
  10. Antoniette Sanchez David

    Ito po naranasan ko last year mommy sobrang kati nya as in tapos sabi dry eye nga daw po ako niresitahan ako ng pang patak lalo na daw po kapag nanunuyo patakan ko daw kahit makati at wag daw masyado kusutin dahil mamumula daw po ng grabi tapos pinarecommend na din nila ako ng Salamin dahil far sighted at may stigmatism na din po ako dahil daw po ito sa mag damag na kaka cellphone nakakalimutan na daw ng mata ko kumurap at maganda klase salamin binigay nila yung may uv radiation ata yun basta yun po ok naman po sya sabi po ikurap kurap ko lang daw po mata ko

    Reply
  11. jennifer sarno cruz

    dapat po talaga alagaan ang mata kaya nararapat na alamin natin ang tamang paraan ng pangangalaga dito.

    Reply

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