Having dry eyes is uncomfortable. Your eyes might feel irritated and scratchy or you could even experience blurred vision. Sometimes, people just live with the symptoms thinking they’ll go away on their own or that it’s not that big of a deal. However, if you’re suffering from dry eye syndrome, it is a chronic condition that can be progressive, depending on the cause and how severe it is. Thankfully, there are treatments and home remedies for dry eyes that can help. The team here at the Spectacle Shoppe is sharing how to get relief in our guide to dry eyes.
Tears are needed to moisturize and nourish the front surface of the eyeballs in order to help you see clearly. When you blink, tears are distributed across the cornea, or surface of the eye. When this happens, debris is washed away, you get the necessary moisture, your risk of eye infection is reduced, and your eyes remain clear. Any extra tears leave the eye from the drainage ducts in the inner corners of your eye. Dry eye is a condition where you either don’t make enough tears or the quality of your tears isn’t adequate to keep your eyes lubricated and healthy.
Tears have an oil, water and mucus layer. The oil layer, or lipid component, enhances lubrication and stops the tears from evaporating too quickly. The water layer, or aqueous component, provides the actual moisture. The mucous layer, or mucin component, spreads the tears evenly across the cornea. If one of the layers is deficient, tears might not spread correctly or may evaporate too soon.. The most common type of dry eye is the result of a deficient water layer. It’s called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye symptoms can include:
Beyond these dry eye symptoms, in severe cases, the condition can result in damage and inflammation of the eye’s surface, which could be permanent.
Some of the dry eye causes and risk factors, include:
The only way to diagnose dry eye is to visit your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. They’ll ask you about your symptoms and your medical history. They’ll also perform dry eye tests, which may include assessing the structure of your eyelids and determining the amount of tears you’re producing, as well as seeing how long it takes for your tears to evaporate. If they diagnose you with chronic dry eye, they can then determine its underlying cause and work with you to find the right dry eye treatment.
Dry eye treatment will depend on the cause and type of dry eye, as well as the severity. Some common dry eye treatments, include:
In addition to treatments prescribed by your eye doctor, there are home remedies for dry eyes that can help alleviate your discomfort. Try these self-care tips to reduce your symptoms:
If you’re experiencing dry eyes, make an appointment with your eye care professional so they can help you decide on the best treatment for your needs. If you need a pair of glasses or sunglasses to help you find relief, stop by the Spectacle Shoppe and browse our selection of the best Vancouver eyewear.
Our Favorite Fall 2019 Eyewear Trends
At Spectacle Shoppe, we love summer as much as our Vancouver eyewear customers. But as soon as September hits, we can’t help but get excited about the fall season. That’s because autumn brings a fresh opportunity to change up your glasses and try something new. Think beautiful shades of orange and red to match the falling leaves. Or oversized frames inspired by the upcoming ski season. Whatever your style, this fall is sure to have fun and fashionable frames for everyone. To help you get the most of your autumn look, here’s the ultimate guide to the best Vancouver eyewear trends this year.
After a long, hot summer, September is all about getting back to routine. The new season is also a chance to get a fresh start. Whether you’re heading back to school or back to work, this is the perfect time to give your style an upgrade. Instead of defaulting to your go-to look, go bold this year with yellow lenses. Not only are they one of the hottest sunglass trends for 2019, they’re super practical, too: yellow lenses can improve your depth perception which is perfect for foggy days, and they also help to filter blue light from computer screens. Sunglasses with yellow lenses are available in all shapes and sizes, so try on a few to find a shape that’s right for you.
While we won’t be seeing any snow for a few more months (in Vancouver, at least!), eyewear trends for fall and winter 2019 are inspired by a winter white-out. Pale frames — from stark white to steely gray — are all the rage on runways this season. Ideal for both men and women who want to make a subtle statement, cool-coloured frames will give your fall style the edge you’re looking for.
One of our favourite things about fall is the ever-changing colours. As the leaves turn from orange to red, the whole city begins to look like it’s glowing. Naturally, the fall foliage is the perfect inspiration for one of the best 2019 eyewear trends: autumnal frames and lenses is warm, burnt tones. Channel the beauty of the season by pairing neutral tones, like beiges and browns, with a warm pop of fall-coloured glasses. The best part is that these colours work well with all skin tones.
Tortoiseshell, move over. This fall 2019 eyewear trend is here to stay. And it isn’t just limited to glasses — leopard print (and animal prints of all kinds) have been trending across the entire fashion world this year. This season, bring out your wild side with chunky animal-patterned frames. Not into leopard? No problem! Go for zebra or cow print for a more minimalist look.
We mentioned this eyewear trend in our last blog post on summer sunglass styles, but it’s just as popular now as it was earlier this year. Shield frames look like they were taken straight off the ski hill, with oversized, goggle-style frames that offer big protection. They’re a sporty, trendy and ultra-fashionable look for anyone looking to stand out. We’re not sure how long this trend will last so get your hands on a pair now to stay on the cutting edge.
Looking for a more understated look this fall? Vintage-inspired nude and clear frames are the best Vancouver eyewear trend for you. These super-versatile shades are unisex and can be dressed up or down, making them the perfect accessory for everything from days at the office to pumpkin spiced coffee dates to a night on the town. Keep your clear frames simple with matching clear lenses, or combine two of the hottest fall eyewear trends by choosing red lenses. Since clear and nude frames also go with anything, we’re willing to bet you won’t want to go anywhere without them.
Still not sure which fall glasses trend is right for you? Come visit the eyewear experts at Spectacle Shoppe and try on some of this season’s best styles. We have the best selection of eyewear in Vancouver and we’re here to help you discover your next favourite pair.