We break down all the reasons why your eyes always feel dry and sore, and the doctor-approved ways to treat it.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But as our lifestyles get increasingly sedentary, we’re cooped up indoors facing a computer or mobile device for the majority of the day. And with the combined effects of ageing, the use of contact lenses and improper eye care, our peepers suffer the brunt of it and we’re left stricken with issues such as dry eyes, as a recent study by Johnson & Johnson Vision (JJV) concluded.
The online survey, which polled over a thousand Singaporeans, found that 51 per cent of respondents suffer from dry eyes while 40 per cent experienced soreness in the eyes.
In this article, we are zooming specifically into the problem of dry eyes as it is a prevalent condition that afflicts many people. In fact, JJV quoted a 2016 study by Market Scope which found that 340 million people suffer from dry eyes globally. We spoke with Dr Lee Hung Ming, an eye doctor and surgeon who has almost thirty years experience and has his own namesake clinic in Gleneagles Hospital, to share with us some facts surrounding ocular health.
Read on to learn more about your eyes and how to identify and solve the issues you might have been struggling with: