Eye drops should be part of your travel pack.
Whether you’re sight-seeing in the city or adventuring in the wilderness, eye care should be part of a traveler’s daily rituals.
As they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
In the city, dirt and pollution harms not just the lungs but the eyes as well.
What to look out for:
Red Eyes – usually due to allergy, dirt, pollution, smoke or eye infection.
Watery Eyes – excessive tearing not caused by normal crying can signal underlying health conditions –
irritation or inflammation of the eye surface.
Sore Eyes – results from staring into a computer screen or a book for too long.
Itchy Eyes – often caused by allergies or constant exposure to mold and dust in the home.
Dry Eyes – consequence of high exposure to gadgets, TVs, laptops and working in air-conditioned rooms. It’s a problem that also comes with aging.
And do you know there’s a “proper” way of putting eye drops?
1-Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.
2- Pull down the lower lid of your eye with your index finger to form a pocket.
3- Hold the dropper, tip facing down, with the other hand, as close to the eye as possible without touching it.
4- Brace the remaining fingers of that hand against your face to prevent the tip from touching your eye.
5- While looking up, gently squeeze the dropper so that a single drop falls into the pocket made by your lower eyelid.
6- Remove your index finger from the lower eyelid and close your eyes.
7- Keep your eyes closed for 2 to 3 minutes and tip your head down as though looking at the floor. Try not to blink or squeeze your eyelids.
8– Place a finger on the tear duct and apply gentle pressure.
9- Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a tissue.
10- If you are to use more than one drop in the same ye, wait at least 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
“Eye Mo combats eye irritation and comes in two variants,” says Earl Jayona, LF Asia Philippines, Inc. Marketing Manager, Healthcare Division.
EyeMo Red Eyes Formula contains Tetrahydrozoline HCl for quick relief of redness and minor discomfort. Eye Mo Moisturizing Formula contains Hypromellose which lubricates and soothes.”
After being off the shelves for almost one and a half years, Eye Mo is back in the local market, from Batanes to Tawi-tawi, announced LF Asia Marketing Manager Erlbyn Jayona.
In May, the eye awareness month, Eye Mo is launching a big campaign nationwide – distributing first aid kits and travel kits with their product, giving free eye check, holding forums talking about eye health and eye care.
Interestingly, the Philippines is the biggest market for Eye Mo outside Indonesia, its home turf, according to Weitarsa Hendarto, VP Consumer Healthcare & Wellness of Combiphar – a leading consumer healthcare multinational which manufactures 200 prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including Eye Mo.
And the demand for Eye Mo is surging more than ever.
Aside from keeping its original plant in Indonesia, with a capacity for 23 million units per year, Combiphar is building a new plant close to Jakarta which has thrice that capacity.
Combiphar is also targeting millennials. Its Eye Mo is most popular with users above 30 years old who grew up with the product as a must in the medicine cabinet. But then, it can be used by anyone 6 years and above.