Go into any supermarket or pharmacy and you’ll encounter numerous products that promise to moisturise, protect and reduce redness in your eyes. Should we be buying into these?
John says for any eye issues, make your first stop the optometrist, not the chemist.
“If the eyes are red, they’re red for a reason, so just treating them cosmetically is not going to improve the problem. It’s just a quick fix – you need to get to the bottom of the problem. Always start with a diagnosis,” he says.
If you’re suffering from sore, itchy eyes, you could have a common condition called ‘dry eye’. Symptoms include weepy eyes, dry irritation and a ‘gritty’ sensation in the eyes.
“It’s exceptionally common,” explains John. The treatment, once diagnosed, is to keep the eyes clean and lubricated.
“What I suggest is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water, with a hot compress as well, and also a drop – preferably without preservatives – just to keep the eye moist.” He suggests cleaning the eyes daily using an eye bath.