Tips for Truckers to Reduce Eye Fatigue and Protect Eyesight.
Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Nature’s Tears EyeMist have developed much new information on driving and eyesight. This information can help drivers prevent or relieve tired, strained, irritated “Trucker’s Eyes” on long distance trips (and they don’t involve coffee or eye drops). Even if you don’t follow the recommendations to the letter, you never know when the information might come in handy or prevent an accident.
Much of the eyesight discomfort that drivers experience comes from dehydration (loss of water) of the eyes, skin (especially facial skin), and breathing passages. Alleviate the dryness and many eye and fatigue symptoms will quickly vanish!
Dry eyes and vehicles.
Several environmental factors in the truck cabin can lower air humidity and therefore increase in the rate of moisture (water) evaporation from the protective tear film covering the eyes. The tear film is amazingly complex, even though it is only about five microns (millionths of a meter) thick, and it doesn’t take much water evaporation to cause discomfort, fatigue and blurred vision.
Lack of adequate tear film moisture is called, “dry eye,” “dry eye disease,” “dry eye syndrome” or “trucker’s dry eye.” The most physically irritating result of tear film water loss is an over-concentration of electrolyte (salt). The results are itching and burning eyes, eye-strain, blurred vision, fatigue and other symptoms.
Soothing dry irritated eyes.
Soothing dry eyes is simple: Just add moisture to the tear film! However, accomplishing this can be difficult. Traditional formulated eye drops are difficult to apply, not always effective and you need to pull off the road to apply them. Also, the chemicals and preservatives in eye drops can cause an allergic reaction.
Because of the large drop size of eye drops (up to ten times the entire tear film volume), they can flood and wash away the natural tear film, including water, electrolytes and beneficial proteins and antibodies, replacing them with artificial chemicals while adding little or no water.
Nature’s Tears EyeMist.
The easiest way to prevent tear film water loss is to mist with Nature’s Tears EyeMist whenever discomfort is felt. This unique water mist penetrates the tear film with just the right amount of natural water – without flooding. And best of all, you can apply the mist while driving!
Even if you use eye drops, they will be more effective if you apply Nature’s Tears EyeMist first. Because Nature’s Tears EyeMist has no dosage limit, you may also mist between eye drop applications. Mist whenever eye discomfort is felt and or as a preventative before you feel discomfort.
Keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist in your glove compartment! A one-second “Just-a-Mist™” sweep across the face instantly replenishes tear film moisture – naturally, easily, and in just the right amount. ¨
And remember: Nature’s Tears EyeMist cannot be over-applied.
Other driving and eyesight tips.
- Smoking while driving is especially unhealthy because of the confined space. In addition to damaging lungs and heart, cigarette smoke is extremely irritating to the eyes – even with a window opened.
- Drink plenty of water while driving. Luke-warm water is less likely to make you go to the bathroom.
- Sunglasses, obviously, help reduce road glare and protects the eyes from forced-air heating and cooling, which also dries the eyes.
- Eat easily digested foods and foods with high water content.
- Get as much sleep as you can. Try to keep as normal a sleep schedule as possible.
- Place hot, wet compresses on your face (using a soapless washcloth) after sleeping, after showering, and whenever eyes feel tired of uncomfortable. Rinse and repeat several times. This will cleanse and moisturize the skin and eyes, and draw out toxins.
- Keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist handy. Mist when you get up in the morning, after naps, after showering or cleansing, whenever eyes or face feel tired or uncomfortable, and three or four times a day as you drive as a preventative. Breathe the mist in deeply, following the Yoga technique of inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.