The internet has a plethora of information. Social media networks allow information to be passed around the world in less than a second. However, the power of the internet also has its consequences. Knowledge can be skewed and perpetuated into misinformation – this can be dangerous especially if it impacts your health. In the dry eye world, there are several myths and claims floating around the internet. Today, we will debunk and demystify these common myths.
Myth #1: “Can I use baby shampoo to clean my eyelids?”
Using eye drops helps replenish the limited amount of tears that you may have due to dry eyes. Think about this analogy. If you have dry hands, you use lotion to help moisturize your hands, but that does not stop the production of the natural oils in your skin.
These eye drops are in the eye doctor’s cabinet and dry eye approved.
Myth #3: “Can I use tea bags to treat my dry eyes?”
Myth #4: “Do warm compresses cause any damage to my eyes?”
Warm compresses do not cause damage to the eyes. The only way it may be harmful is if the warm compresses are too hot. Always check the temperature of your Bruder Mask or your cloth on the back of your wrist to ensure it’s not too hot for your eyes. Remember to limit the amount of warm compresses to twice a day and follow your eye doctor’s recommendation.
You may experience blurry vision temporarily after your warm compress because the oils are softened and released into your tear film. The Bruder Mask or warm cloth is also gently sitting on your eye and that may cause your cornea (the transparent part of your eye) to flatten temporarily. Don’t worry, your cornea reverts back to its original shape!
Myth #5: “Did a particular event or incident cause my dry eyes?”
No, you most likely already had dry eyes before, but were asymptomatic. The particular event probably pushed your symptoms of dryness and irritation to a point where it was more noticeable.
Your eye doctor can identify early signs of dryness before you feel dry eye symptoms. It is important to prevent this from occurring by visiting your eye doctor regularly and starting dry eye treatment early.
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If you would like to speak to a dry eye doctor about reducing your dry eye symptoms, contact your nearestMyDryEye clinic.
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