STOP VISINE Eye Drops for Eye Redness, DO THIS Instead with Petra Baker
Petra Baker’s dry eye journey is an inspiring one, and it highlights the importance of never giving up. Her dry eye disease began years ago, and she’s also been suffering from a pinguecula for over ten years. A self-described Visine addict, Petra reached a turning point during a shopping trip one day. As we all know, the lighting in shopping malls can be harsh, and Petra says she “made the mistake” of looking in the mirror. All she remembers is seeing was her red eyes staring back at her. She had a breakdown that day, and this became a pinnacle moment for her on her dry eye journey.
That day, she decided that she wasn’t going to live like that anymore. She set out on a quest to find ways to manage her dry eye symptoms and, although this has not been easy, she’s finally in a place where she has more good days than bad days.
Why You Should STOP Visine and ClearEyes Eye Drops for Eye Redness
Just like Petra, you may be addicted to redness reliever eye drops. Or it may be that need for a regular or prescription eye drop that you just can’t shake. Whatever it is, the addiction can be very real. Whether it’s artificial tears, topical prescription medications, or redness relievers, eye drops can become an addiction when you’re attempting to remove the redness and irritation throughout the day.
While some eye drops can be helpful, redness relievers are a huge issue because they can actually cause rebound redness. This will make the eyes appear even more red after using the redness reliever too much. Even the newest redness reliever on the market, Lumify, is not without fault. Although the company states it does not have any rebound redness effect, the drop does contain benzalkonium chloride (BAK), which is a preservative known to cause ocular sensitivities and toxicity in some people.
The biggest thing we recommend when considering the use of redness reliever drops is to assess your self confidence and how red eyes affect this aspect of your life. If you’re going to be self conscious going into a big meeting, a dinner with friends, or if you’re getting married in a few days, use the drop. We’re not saying to go overboard on use, and we do recommend using Lumify sparingly, but we’d rather you be confident in yourself. This is going to take you further in dry eye treatment than feeling guilty about using the drop and bringing this added stress into your life.
Do THIS Instead for Red Eye Relief
Just as Petra has noticed, it’s so important to get to the root of the problem instead of simply covering up the symptoms. No redness reliever eye drop, Visine, Clear Eyes, or even Lumify, is getting to the very nature of the problem. However, as Petra and others have learned, there are many ways to naturally heal and end up with way more good eye days than bad.
As we discussed in the interview, Petra joined our Dry Eye Bootcamp Challenge. She credits this for many of the healthy, sustainable habits that have kept her feeling great the last few months. This challenge involves nine weeks of training and weekly challenges that introduce you to new, healthy habits. These habits are simple to implement, and they can make a world of difference in how your eyes feel.
After signing up, you’ll receive a welcome email that details what to expect. Although you do not have to have Facebook to join, it is recommended so you’re able to interact with other people going through the challenge. Everyone works at their own pace, and you’ll receive a new challenge email every Sunday.
What You’ll Find in the Dry Eye Bootcamp Challenge
Because many of the steps have been so helpful for her, Petra discussed many of the weekly challenge topics in this interview. Here are a few that she mentioned, noting that being consistent with these has been the key to her success.
1. Green Smoothies and Diet
After taking the first step and realizing that she could heal herself naturally, Petra began having green smoothies every day. She began to notice that diet played a huge role for her. She used to be addicted to sugar, as many people are. When she cut this out of her diet, her dryness began to improve. This switch has been a challenge, as it is for many people, because added sugar is in everything. You have to be careful to read the labels and look for that added sugar on the label. If you’re trying to avoid sugar, start with the added sugars that are hiding in your diet and slowly cut those out.
It’s so important to drink filtered water throughout the day. As a general recommendation, consume half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you weigh 150 pounds, try to drink 75 ounces per day. Carrying around a reusable water bottle is the easiest way to achieve this, because you then have water with you at all times.
3. Lavender Steam
We discuss essential oils a bit in the Bootcamp, and Petra has discovered an amazing way to use them! To do the lavender steam she discusses, boil a pot of water on the stove and add a few drops of lavender. Once boiling, place a towel over your head and your face over the pot. Allow your face to steam for a few minutes. It’s that easy! Of course, if you have a sensitivity to lavender, a plain steam without essential oils can be beneficial as well.
Many people are afraid of meditation, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. All you have to do is sit in silence and listen to your thoughts. If you find that they’re negative, try to steer them into a more positive direction. This can help you come to a place of acceptance of a new normal. When you get to a place of calm in your life, especially around dry eye, it is much easier for your body to do the work and heal. For a positive spin on meditation, try visualization. This can be an important part of a dry eye routine. This means visualizing yourself without dry, red eyes and doing this daily during meditation.
5. Eyelid Hygiene
Last on the list is eyelid hygiene. This step could arguably be number one because it is so important! After removing all of your makeup with an oil-based eye makeup remover, wash your face thoroughly. This helps to remove all excess bacteria and debris from your skin, as these substances can migrate onto the eyelids and into the eyes. Then, use a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser to clean your eyelids and eyelashes. Hypochlorous acid is so effective because it is made naturally by the body in response to microorganisms. It is extremely gentle on sensitive skin, and it's effective for providing relief.
No matter where you are in your dry eye journey, Petra encourages you to look for patterns in your dry eye. What works for one person will not work for another, so you have to constantly be vigilant and consistent. There will always be bad days, but focus on the good days and the things you can do to create more good days than bad days. To join Petra online and learn more about what she’s done to fight her dry eye disease, join her Dry Eye Warriors Facebook group. If you’d like her 10 Tips to Dry Eye Relief, visit her websiteand sign up to receive the PDF.
Petra Baker has suffered from dry eye for as long as she can remember. However, it began getting worse about 5 years ago. Throughout the last two years she’s tried just about everything when it comes to managing her dry eye symptoms. It's been a lot of trial and error. She’s learned what works and what doesn't, at least for her. She’s had bad days and good days and has now developed a recipe for having more of those good eye days then bad. Along her healing journey she’s discovered that one has to be flexible and open minded. There's no miracle drop and it’s usually a combination of things, along with consistency that works.