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Dry eye syndrome, how to fix it?

Our eyes are the window to the world, allowing us to fully experience each moment. The slightest concern with our eyes can cause headaches. The good news is that a large part of vision problems can be corrected or avoided with proper eye care. You just have to make sure that you regularly make an appointment with your optician and that any vision problem is treated as quickly as possible. Today we will see the case of dry eyes that affect many people, and in particular, a third of adults. Consequences, treatments, we tell you everything in this article …

Dry eye syndrome: the causes

At the eye level, you should know that it is the tear glands that produce tears. They spread over the entire surface of the eye at each blink. Tears are made up mainly of water, fat and mucus. Dry eyes can be caused by three factors. First, a decrease in the quality of tears, second, a decrease in the quantity of tears, and last, a loss of the stability of the tear film. Prolonged exposure to air conditioning, a too dry or hot weather, or air pollution can cause dry eyes. The latter can also be the result of side effects from taking certain medications.

Dry eye syndrome: symptoms

People who suffer from this vision disorder often have a burning, gritty, or stinging sensation in their eyes. People who suffer from this vision disorder often have a burning, gritty, or stinging sensation in their eyes. The person will keep blinking their eyes because they will tire more quickly. The absence of tears will make wearing contact lenses very painful. In the morning, some people may have difficulty opening their eyes, as the eyelids will tend to stick together. Giving in to the temptation to rub your eyes will increase their sensitivity and, in the long term, you may even notice a drop in vision.

Drops and other solutions for dry eye syndrome

The easiest and quickest treatment would be eye drops, or artificial tears, to relieve mild cases of dryness. Another natural treatment: lukewarm compresses on the eyelids, at least twice a day. The latter help in the decongestion of the lacrimal glands and in the melting of any fat. There are also gels or lubricators to moisten the eyes for this syndrome. You should also drink plenty of water and not stare at the screens for too long.

You should know that normally, the older you get, the more the risk of suffering from dry eye disorder increases. Also, women are twice as affected by this syndrome than men. Certain diseases such as diabetes, those related to the thyroid or conjunctivitis can cause an absence of tears in the eyes. Those who have undergone laser treatment may also feel the effects for the next six to twelve months after their medical procedure. Either way, as soon as the first symptoms appear in the eyes, you should not take too long before you contact your optician.

Le cancer de l'oeil

Eye cancer, watch your eyes closely

Cancer unfortunately affects all organs, even the eye. Il existe en effet plusieurs types de cancer. However, there are not many cases worldwide each year and all types of cancer derived from that of the eyes are rare diseases. What would partly explain this situation would be the fact that it remains a poorly understood and poorly detected eye disease. As with all other types of cancer, early detection allows for timely care and treatment.

Eye cancer: what are the symptoms

For a cancer diagnosis, here are the telltale symptoms to watch out for:

  • Blurred vision or loss of sight
  • Une tache dans l’œil, incluant l’iris
  • Redness or irritation of the eyes
  • A repetitive appearance of shadows or flashes always in the same place
  • A lump in the eye
  • A vision with floating objects or wavy lines
  • The pupil that dilates or narrows

Most of these signs are caused by partial retinal detachment. A Funduscopic Examination helps to clarify the diagnosis. The latter is a simple test to analyze the fundus of the eye.

Eye treatments available

Radiation therapy, often used for other types of cancer, is also available for this vision disorder. This therapy takes the form of proton therapy, which involves the use of proton beams. The form of treatment, however, will depend on the age of the patient, the size of the tumor and its location in the eye. Another possible solution is brachytherapy, which is in fact irradiation of the tumorusing radioactive elements in contact with it. In other cases, if the tumor is too large or there is a recurrence, surgical removal of the eye may be the only solution.

How to prevent eye diseases

Above all, you must regularly make an appointment with your optician. In general, wearing sunglasses protects against UV rays. However, you have to buy them from specialists. In addition, for all activities that could affect the eyes, do not hesitate to wear protective glasses, such as painting or other DIY involving the handling of dangerous chemicals.

The eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of our body. Everyone dreads going blind. The treatments are available, it just shouldn’t be done too late. On a daily basis, they should be regularly hydrated, rested, strengthened with some eye gym and provided with the necessary nutrients.

Maintain the health of your eyes in winter

Even though we do enjoy fairly mild temperatures in Mauritius, it is important to protect your eyes in winter. Indeed, this season is conducive to some inconveniences, such as dry eyes or inflammation of the eye. Fortunately, there are preventive measures, which we are about to see in this article.

Puffiness and redness of the eyes

Low temperatures can also cause a swelling of the eyelids, due to the constriction of the blood vessels in the tissues. You may then feel that your vision is getting blurry, or you may have red eyes and shaky eyelids.

Dry Eye Cycle in winter

The cold weather often triggers the dry eyes syndrome. It’s one of the most common eye problems during this season. This is why it is important to recognize the signs and know what to do to protect your eyes at all times. So, if you experience a burning sensation in your eyes, it may be caused by a very dry air and the cold wind.

Here are some simple solutions to preserve the health of your eyes in winter:

Keeping your eyes hydrated

The first solution is to keep the eyes moist, even in winter. Drink plenty of water and use a humidifier with warm or cold air in the rooms where you spend the most time.

Use eye drops

To reduce or prevent the burning sensation, you can use eye drops. Of course, do not hesitate to consult your optician for any advice.

Blink your eyes regularly

This simple gesture can relieve the eyes, especially if you spend a lot of time focused on a computer or other screen for example.

Protect your eyes with sunglasses

In fact, sunglasses not only protect you from UV rays, but also from gusts. So remember to grab your favorite pair before going out.

With temperatures dropping, you might experience some of these symptoms. Do not hesitate to make an appointment for a consultation. Our team is always available to assist you with any advice and answer all of your questions.

5 common myths about the eyes

When it comes to eye health, it is important to educate yourself because the eyes are one of the most important organs in the human body. Here are 5 myths you may have already heard…


Eating carrots improves eyesight – FALSE


It is good to know that the carrot is rich in vitamin A, a very important vitamin for the human body. The latter is distributed throughout the body, especially the eyes. However, carrots cannot improve eyesight, but a good diet can help keep your eyes healthy.


Reading small characters can be harmful – FALSE


In the short term, we can talk about eyestrain, but in no case reading small print can damage the eyes. However, we invite you to read in a well-lit area and wear suitable glasses to avoid ailments such as eyestrain. If you do not wear glasses, and you still find it difficult to read, we advise you to be examined by an optician.


Watching TV closely can damage your eyes – FALSE


Watching TV closely, like reading small print, causes eye strain or headaches, but does not permanently damage the eyes. However, if your child seems more comfortable watching TV or reading closely, this may be a sign of myopia. The best is to make an appointment with an optician.


Eye exercises to improve eyesight – FALSE


And yes, that’s not true. No studies have shown improvement in eyesight through eye exercises. They can, however, relieve you.


The eye reaches its final size at birth. – FALSE


The eye actually measures approximately 18mm at birth, 19.5mm in infancy and around 24-25mm in adulthood. This makes the eye at birth about 2/3 smaller than that of a fully formed adult eye.


You will agree, eye health is very important and you need to take care of it. Make an appointment now and benefit from the expertise of our highly qualified team.

Contact lenses: 5 practical tips for wearing them

There are certain advantages to wearing contact lenses. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, they allow for example to wear any sunglasses, without having to resort to a numbered model. They also offer good peripheral vision, and therefore a wider field of vision than with prescription glasses.


However, it is crucial to adopt good practices when wearing contact lenses, in order to avoid any risk of infection or other inconvenience. So let’s see some basic rules to follow when wearing contact lenses. Once these good habits are adopted, you can wear your lenses in complete peace of mind.


A good hygiene


This is the basics when we handle them. Always remember to rinse your hands well before putting on or taking off your lenses. Also make sure the container is always clean. To do this, do not wash it with tap water, but with a disinfectant solution, which you can find at your optician’s or in a pharmacy. The same is true for lentils, which should not be rinsed with tap water, but only with the appropriate solution.


No lenses in the shower or in the water


Avoid bathing with contact lenses at all costs, whether in the shower, at sea or in the pool. Not only do you risk losing them, but they absorb all the microbes in the water. This direct contact therefore presents a risk of eye irritation, but also of damage to the lens. However, if you still want to keep your contact lenses while swimming, consider using airtight swimming goggles. It is also best to use a disposable model.


Avoid wearing them for a long time


To avoid dry eyes or any form of irritation, it is recommended not to wear contact lenses for too long. On average, you can wear them for 8 to 12 hours. However, avoid sleeping with it because when you sleep, they can indeed cause irritation and keratitis. So, unless recommended by your optician, remember to always remove your lenses before going to bed.


Respect the renewal frequency


When should you replace your contact lenses? Of course, it depends on the model you have chosen. Your ophthalmologist will advise you at the time of acquisition. However, be aware that there are daily lenses, which you will throw away at the end of the day. Then there is the monthly model, which, as the name suggests, can be worn for a month. These are soft contact lenses, made from Hydrogel silicone.


Check if the lens is not upside down


It may sound silly, but sometimes soft lenses end up the wrong way. This can then cause discomfort or even irritation in the eyes. So make sure the lens is facing the right way before wearing it. To do this, there is a very simple trick: put it on your index finger and see if it has the shape of a bowl, with the edges facing up. To be sure, you can also pinch it lightly between your thumb and forefinger. If it folds inwards, it is in the right place.

Eye diseases, the main disorders of seniors

Seniors are more likely to suffer from eye diseases, cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration. Advancing age can lead to the appearance of various eye diseases or vision problems in older people. Find out more about the diseases that can occur with age in this article.


Cataracts, an eye disease in seniors


This eye disease occurs around the age of 60. It is characterized by clouding of the lens, which prevents light from reaching the retina and causes blurred vision. Cataracts cause several disorders, including:


  • sensitivity to light;
  • a decrease in the perception of contrasts;
  • the appearance of luminous halos;
  • a decrease in visual acuity;
  • the feeling of having a veil before your eyes.


Cataracts are most often due to aging of the eye but also to smoking, diabetes, myopia or even alcohol.


AMD, age-related macular degeneration


Age-related macular degenerationusually begins around age 65. It affects the central area of ​​the retina, the macula, which is prone to premature aging. AMD comes in two forms including dry AMD and wet AMD. Dry AMD affects the majority of patients and the disease progresses over several years. The macula atrophies over time and deposits form in the retina, leading to a gradual loss of central vision. In its wet form, which is more serious and is sometimes the second stage of the disease’s development, AMD causes blood vessels to form. These vessels brutally accelerate the loss of central vision and can precipitate disability.


Elderly people and glaucoma


Glaucoma is followed by a noticeable increase in pressure inside the eye. This pressure is due to a degradation of the optic nerve. Seniors will suffer from vision problems, which over time will reduce the visual field. A distinction is made between open angle glaucoma and closed angle glaucoma. The first, which concerns more than 80% of cases, is characterized by an accumulation of aqueous humor in the eye. In the second case, the disease is due to a malformation of the eye.


Symptoms are:


  • Sharp pain in the eye;
  • A decrease in visual acuity;
  • A deterioration in peripheral vision;
  • Eye strain.


Eye aging is inevitable. As a senior, you should pay special attention to the health of your eyes by making a regular appointment with an ophthalmologist, once a year for example. Contact our team of specialists now and make an appointment for a consultation.

Eye health, 3 tips to protect your eyes

We will never stop saying it, taking care of your body is also taking care of your eyes! These are indeed one of the most important organs of the human body, and that is why we must take care of them. Discover 3 tips to protect your eyes on a daily basis and to maintain good eye health.


Eye health, watch out for blue lights


Many people work in front of a screen all day. It is therefore very important to protect yourself against blue lights which can have harmful effects such as eye fatigue or age-related macular degeneration.


It is important to wear blue light goggles. Also, lower the brightness of your screen and take small breaks to rest your eyes!


Eyes, stay hydrated and eat well!


Just as every organ needs water, the eye also needs to hydrate. Make sure you drink enough water every day for good eye health. It is also important to stock up on vitamin. Incorporate vegetables and foods rich in omega-3, zinc and lutein into your diet.


A good night’s sleep, for good eye health


Did you know that yawning is used to moisten and cleanse the eyes? Convenient isn’t it? Blinkingalso has this ability, so don’t hesitate to use it! To take care of your eyes, it is also advisable to sleep at least 7 hours a night.

Have you ever felt dryness or itchy eyes after too short a night? These symptoms are those of eyestrain! In fact, just like you, your eyes need rest to be healthy.


Do you need advice and advice from an eye specialist? Visit one of our branches, notably in Port-Louis, Rose Hill, Triolet or Beau Bassin. Our team is specially qualified to provide you with all the information you need for good eye health!





High blood pressure, what are the effects on the eyes?

High blood pressure is one of the most common diseases in the world. It concerns almost 400,000 people in Mauritius. This disease causes many ailments, including dizziness, headaches, cardiovascular problems and can have adverse effects on the health of our eyes. Learn more about high blood pressure and the eye problems it causes.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is characterized by permanent elevation of blood pressure above 14/8. It is a common cardiovascular disorder that affects the blood pressure that normally needs to be 12/8. There are several causes related to this disease, including age, heredity, lack of exercise or overweight. Hypertension can also occur during pregnancy, and should be monitored constantly to avoid problems with childbirth.

The effects of hypertension on the eyes

This disease causes many ophthalmological disorders and the more the eyeis affected, the more it reveals the severity of this cardiovascular disease. This unfortunately indicates that there is a risk of brain damage, hence the need to be constantly on guard. There are no indicator symptoms, only a review done by a professional can determine if your eyes have been affected by high blood pressure. Intraocular pressure is measured using a tonometer. However, if you have high blood pressure and you notice that your vision is blurred or there is bleeding in one of your eyes, it is best to consult.

Complications related to high blood pressure

If the blood pressure is greater than 21 mm in the test, there is a high risk of developing glaucoma. However, only an examination of the visual field that can determine it. Glaucoma is actually a disease of the optic nerve where the aqueous humor of the eye has difficulty evacuating. The liquid in the eye accumulates and the pressure inside the eye increases. This disease can cause serious ocular complications, such as damage to the optic nerves or blindness. If glaucoma is detected early enough, it can be delayed through eye drops or through surgery.

Would you like to learn more about eye diseases? ? Patel Optics offers you every week to learn more about this wonderful organ that is the eye. For a consultation, go to one of our branches in Rose Hill, Beau Bassin or Triolet. Professionals will be at your disposal to give you the best advice on the choice of your frames or to advise you if you suffer from an eye disease.