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I had the pleasure of touring to a few cities in Canada this spring to share ways to be more productive this season. Not only do we need to think about being productive in how we accomplish what we want to do, it pays to find solutions which are as effective and efficient as possible. I gathered a few ideas which provide one-stop shopping or deliver complete solutions for you, and in this “Spring Clearing” series of blog posts, I’ll share the benefits of each one.
In my Productivity CPR™ model, the “P” in CPR stands for Performance which is all about taking care of the human animal that is you. The goal? To preserve your energy and attention so you can bring both to your intentions.
Within Performance, there are eight Productivity Table Stakes™ which need to be present in your life for maximum performance. One is “Comfort”. If you’re not feeling comfortable, it is highly likely your mind is diverting attention to what is irritating you, at least for some of the time. Think of a hot, humid day or sitting in an airplane seat which the small child, or in the case of my last flight, a rather tall man is behind you is constantly poking. Or how about that feeling of having something stuck in your eye?
What is Dry Eye?
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, Dry Eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears that your eyes do produce do not have the right chemical composition. Tears are necessary to lubricate the eyes, keeping them comfortable, and maintaining clear vision. I am one of over 30% of Canadians suffer from Dry Eye, with it affecting more women than men.
What causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by a number of factors. Here are some of the most common:
- Age – as you get older it is natural to produce fewer tears
- Environment – smoke, wind and dry climates can trigger greater evaporation of tears
- Activities – reading on a screen or watching tv for lengthy periods may result in less blinking
- Chemistry – Some medications and hormonal changes may interfere with tear production
What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?
For the past few years, I’ve suffered gritty, scratchy eyes and sometimes there’s a burning feeling. I’ve often felt like there was something in my eye. I learned from my optometrist that these are symptoms of Dry Eye. Last year, I also experienced a few minutes of blurry vision a handful of times (which totally freaked me out). Thankfully my vision corrected on its own after a few minutes, but it always left me with a feeling of worry. I had no idea until recently that blurry vision is also a symptom of Dry Eye. Excessive tearing can also be a natural body response to soothe the irritation.
What can you do about dry eye?
A few years ago, my optometrist confirmed I had Dry Eye and recommended I take artificial tears to add lubrication. Since there is more than one kind of dry eye, from not enough tear production to tear evaporation or a mixture of the two, it’s important to have the right drops on hand. Thankfully it’s easier than ever now that Systane Complete, an over-the-counter remedy, is available as it treats all three types. Each drop spreads a mixture of moisture and lipids across the eye in a fast-acting yet long-lasting formula.
In some cases, prescription eye drops may be recommended, or even plugging the tear ducts to prevent tears leaving the eye. Systane Omega-3 Supplements have been proven to help in the prevention and treatment of Dry Eye. Ignoring Dry Eye could lead to eye infections or tissue damage.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s worth a visit to your optometrist to find the right solution for you.
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