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Dry eye is seen as one of the most common ophthalmologic disorders.

It is connected or associated with symptoms like ocular discomfort, pain, dryness and foreign body sensation, which can impair the quality of life for millions of people globally. In terms of economic burden, dry eye disease has become a significant public health problem.

Below is some information on the connection between anxiety and dry eye disease:

  • Researchers have revealed that there is a connection between anxiety and dry eye disease in patients with normal or mildly reduced tear production. It also revealed that subjects with dry eye disease showed an increased risk of experiencing severe psychological anxiety.
  • The scores of the psychological questionnaires had a significant correlation with the ocular surface disease index score, whereas there is no significant relationship between dry eye signs and symptoms.
  • The anxiety usually affects the development of dry eye symptoms and is one of the causes of the inconsistency between symptoms and signs of dry eye disease. Dry eye disease is associated with higher symptom scores of anxiety, as well as an increased prevalence of psychiatric conditions.
  • Somatization, a frequently reported condition in anxiety, usually leads to predispose in the development of dry eye disease. Conversely, dry eye disease, including chronic discomfort and visual impairment also worsens anxiety mood.
  • Anxiety also lowers the threshold for perception of pain or discomfort caused by dry eye disease by affecting cognitive modulation of attention.

The first step is to seek professional advice from your GP or healthcare practitioner if you feel that your eye problems are stress-related, probably the most obvious step to take is to try to relax. Think about your symptoms as warning signs—your body is trying to respond to a threat, and it’s hurting you. The best thing to do is to try to calm down your brain’s response to danger.

You probably are familiar with what can de-stresses you better than anyone else. Here are some ideas to try:

  • Taking a warm relaxing bath and focusing on merely letting go and relaxing
  • Meditation. Proven to de-stress and relax oneself.
  • Taking slow, deep rejuvenating breaths, sending the air into your belly.
  • Write your feelings into a diary to keep track of your stress levels.
  • Exercise has been proven to pump the body, then allowing it to relax afterward.

As always, you’ll feel better if you make sure to get enough sleep and eat well. Even though you’re busy, taking at least a few minutes to relax will help your body calm down.

If you feel stressed or worried most of the time, you may need to make more significant changes. You may be trying to do too much in too little time and need to cut back. Alternatively, you may have an anxiety disorder, which is highly treatable. If you always feel like you’re on edge, it might be time to speak with a doctor or counselor to make sure that you’re emotionally and physically healthy.

When you have found your own way to deal with stress, you may find that your eyes should revert to a healthy state. Stress-related eye issues should be temporary and relatively easy to fix with rewetting eye drops and other lifestyle changes. If you, however, continue to have problems, make sure to visit your specialist eye doctor.

I-DEW Eye Drops:

Daytime protection

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Our eye drops are suitable for contact lenses and we’ve created two regular eye drops, one for daytime use and the other for overnight use. We’re specialists in ocular products and can provide advice as we’re pharmacists. For help with specific problems, we recommend contacting your local services.