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EYE FOCUS | NEWS which is impacting eye health and vision across all ages.” The Leger survey found that 85 per cent of Canadians have experienced at least one symptom of dry eye, which can include eye fatigue, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, blurred vi- sion, eye redness and difficulty with nighttime driving. DaSilva says in addition to screen time, dry eye can be caused by fac- tors such as normal aging, hormonal changes, environmental exposure and medical conditions. He says it wasn’t surprising to learn that so many Canadians have experi- enced dry eye symptoms, but Alcon was surprised to learn that 77 per cent of Canadians are unaware there are different types of dry eye requir- ing different types of treatment. Other steps including giving the eyes a rest, taking vitamins, staying hydrated and visiting an eye care professional. Several other companies offer prod- ucts to help relieve dry eye. Bausch + Lomb offers Soothe Restore lubricant eye drops, which moistur- ize the eyes to provide fast temporary relief of burning and irritation due to dryness. The drops contain Restoryl mineral oils, which help to protect against tear loss, relieve dry eye symp- toms and address the most common cause of dry symptoms by restoring the thickness of the lipid layer. Other Bausch + Lomb products for soothing irritated dry eyes include Moisture Eyes artificial tears, Liopsic ophthalmic drops and gels and DuoL- ube Ointment. Johnson & Johnson Vision, mean- while, has products like Blink Intensive Moisturizing Lubricant Eye Drops and Blink Moisturizing Lubricant Eye Drops. Both formu- las mimic the eye’s natural tears to strengthen tear film and help provide quick relief from dry eye symptoms. As for Bayer, the company’s hydra- Sense line include hydraSense for Dry Eyes, hydraSense Advance for Dry Eyes, hydraSense Night Therapy for Dry Eyes and hydraSense for Allergy Therapy, which provides ef- fective, long-lasting relief of dry eyes and allergy symptoms. “Because dry eye is a chronic issue for six million Canadians, this gap in knowledge makes it even more important to educate patients and treat the root cause of their dry eye in addition to addressing its symp- toms,” DaSilva says. Alcon Canada outlines several steps for preventing dry eye. It recommends finding the right eye drop. Alcon Canada offers a product called Systane Complete, which is the first all-in-one drop for all types of dry eye. It features tiny, nano-sized lipid droplets that replenish and lock in moisture across the eye surface. Lipids found in Systane Complete are critical in treating the outer layer of the tear film, which helps prevent the tear evaporation often seen with digital eye strain. EYE FOCUS | December Digital 2019 17