How to get rid of dry eyes

Get rid of dry eyes with these tips and solutions.

Dry eyes is a problem that I suffered with whilst wearing contact lenses, and now have as a side effect of having laser eye surgery. I was warned that there was a 2% chance of having dry eyes for two years after the surgery. One year and two months later, I’m still suffering. This means the problem could cease any day now, or continue past the two years.

I’m always trying to get rid of dry eyes, and there are a number of things I’ve tried. I work in an office, and spend a lot of my time on the computer. This decreases your blink rate, which also won’t help my dry eyes issue.

I recently tried some products from Feel Good Contacts and wanted to share with you my experiences with their products.

 

Feel Good Contacts products

 

Eye Drops

Eye drops are the first product people go to to get rid of dry eyes. There are all kinds of types to try, and I’ve tried many to help my eyes. You can get a spray on mist that goes on your eyelids, standard eye drops, and extra strong eye drops for really dry eyes.

The eye drops I tried from Feel Good Contacts, Blink intensive vials, were really handy. They come in little mini pipettes so you can carry them in a handbag, purse or even your pockets. They’re small, with more than enough solution in each one for both eyes. I always feel a difference once I put eye drops in.

My dry eyes affect me most in the morning when I first wake up, so I always add drops in the morning and the evening.

 

Eye Moisturising Wipes

 

Moisturising wipes for dry eyes from Feel Good Contacts

 

I’d never heard of this product before. The pack of Blink lid wipes comes with about 20 wipes, and the idea is that you move the wipe over your eyelid, starting in the corner and sweeping out. You’re supposed to use one wipe for each eye, but I actually found that one wipe would do both eyes.

I didn’t get much relief from these. However, they’re perfect in the office when I feel my eyes drying out after looking at a screen for too long. The wipes are nice and cool, and can fit in a desk drawer. This means I can use the eye drops morning and evening, and the wipes if I need them during the working day.

 

Hot/Cold Eye Mask

 

Eye mask to get rid of dry eyes

 

I’d never tried one of these masks before, but now I LOVE IT.

When I first complained about continuing dry eye problems to my optometrist, he suggested putting a flannel in hot water, and placing it over your eyes for a minimum of 15 minutes. It’s called hot compression and encourages your eyes to produce more natural oil from the glands where your eyelashes are.

This Thera eye mask works the same, however is much easier than boiling a kettle, pouring hot water on a flannel, and getting water everywhere. You just put the mask in the microwave for 15 seconds and place it over your eyes. It’s such a nice feeling, and is also pretty relaxing.

You can also place the mask in the freezer for two hours, and a cold mask can prevent puffiness around your eyes, reduce sinus problems and headaches, as well as get rid of dry eyes.

Dry eyes can be uncomfortable and a nuisance. If you have it as bad as me, it can actually slightly affect your vision. I have dryness right on my pupil, which can sometimes cause very slight blurred vision.

 

These types of products are a must for me. Now you can get 10% off your first customer order with Feel Good Contacts. Use my special code LOVEFG03 before the end of March.

 

*I was gifted these products in return for an honest review. 

Review: Supakit Cat and Dog Collars

Are you considering Supakit cat and dog collars for your pet? You should be!

We’ve just got a new cat, Lily, a couple of weeks ago (as you’ll know if you follow me on Twitter due to all the cat spam), and she’s really become part of the family very quickly. We’ve been debating getting her a collar for a while but hadn’t got around to it. Then Supakit got in touch about their Supakit cat and dog collars.

The Packaging

On first glance, the box is small, neat and will fit through most standard letter boxes. I picked a red collar for Lily, who’s 6, and it arrived really quickly.

Inside the box, there is a small booklet about how to look after your collar, how to fit it, how to remove the bell, and how to provide feedback. There is also a business card that tells you how to share your new collar on Twitter and how you could win ‘Supakit of the Month’!

Supakit packaging and leaflets

The Collar

The collar is such good quality. At first, I thought £17-21 for a collar was quite a lot, but it’s real leather and really sturdy so I actually can’t argue about the price. The collar won’t come off easily which is good as cats are mischievous and get in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Lily is an indoor cat, so there’s less chance of her losing it, but an outdoor cat wanders and collars can become snagged.

The catch comes apart by pulling firmly. This is designed so that if your cat gets the collar stuck on a branch, they can pull away and the collar will come off, rescuing your cat. This is an excellent safety feature.

lily cat on the sofa with her supakit collar

The collar has a bell that’s removable if your cat isn’t sure of the noise. With Lily as a rescue cat, we don’t know about her history, or if she’s used to wearing a collar. We weren’t too sure how she would react to it. It turns out that she doesn’t mind the bell at all. Indoor cats don’t really need collars, but we love the bell. We can hear where she is and if she’s being mischievous. I could hear her bell upstairs somewhere, and went to check on her. She was only on the bathroom windowsill eating my plant! So the bell comes in useful.

The collar can be adjusted quite a lot depending on the size of your cat. Supakit cat and dog collars also come for puppies and kittens, and these are a bit cheaper. Lily’s quite a small cat, but the collar fits her perfectly and doesn’t seem to annoy her at all.

Leili and Kevin founded Supakit after their own cats kept destroying their collars, and taking them off. They wanted to design one that was comfortable, and they have absolutely achieved that.

What she thought of it

As you can tell, she’s very comfortable with her new collar!

lily cat asleep on the sofa

At first, she was trying to wriggle backwards out of it and was trying to remove the bell. I really didn’t think she’d settle into it, but within ten minutes she’d left it alone and it doesn’t bother her at all!

I love being able to hear where she is, and if she’s being mischievous.

lily cat on the sofa in her red collar

I’d recommend to anyone with a cat or dog!

 

*This post is in collaboration with Supakit. All opinions are my own.