Japanese Eye Drops for Eye Care
After last week’s discussion about dark circles, we thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about caring for the eyes. (Well, also we wanted an excuse to introduce the extensiveness of Japanese eye care products!) So we are going to to be looking at our lifestyles to pinpoint areas of improvement, and introduce the different types of Japanese eye drops available in the market!
Are you doing these “No no’s”?
Alright, I’m going to lay this out straight: most of our eye discomfort comes from from our smartphones! Smartphones and our computers to be exact. Using technology is fine, but our lifestyles make the use of it a burden on the eyes.
Therefore, if we can correct or improve our behaviors while using our mobile phones and personal computers, it will then be preventive care for our eyes!
Blue light before going to sleep
Let’s begin with a rather recent talk about blue light from the phone. Simply explained, blue light is high energy light rays that are present almost everywhere, including from the sun, room lighting and digital device screens.
The concern with using our mobile phone before we sleep is that it affects our circadian rhythm, ie a biological cycle of when your body wakes and sleeps. It would reprogram us to sleep later, thus lowering our quality of sleep, and also leading to issues of insomnia and fatigue in the morning. This in turn indirectly brings to fatigue in our eyes and to poor blood circulation.
Waking up tired, but still reaching for the phone
Is the phone the first thing you reach for in the morning? Yes, it’s rather rhetoric. But is the phone the first thing you reach for, even though your eyes are tired?
This is related to using using mobile phones before sleeping too. If we are getting a poor quality of sleep, our eyes continue to feel tired, have poor blood circulation around the eye area, and blue dark circles are likely to form. Reaching out for the phone first is like slaving our eyes to get to work first thing in the morning, even though they hadn’t had enough rest!
Using the mobile while going to work
Just because almost everyone do, doesn’t mean it’s okay! Because when we use our smartphones in a moving vehicle, be it car, or train, it actually puts burden on the eyes, since our eyes works to adapt to the moving screen. It is also aggravated if the insides are poorly lit, as the effects of blue light become stronger.
Monitor screen exposure during work
If you sit at the desk with a computer, we’d need to be extra alert to how we view and how we sit. We probably do not need to explain why it’s such a strain on the eyes, but we do need to take caution on our sitting position.
If we hunch, we are probably bringing our eyes too close to the computer screen. Furthermore, hunching could lead to a neck deformation, that displaces the support needed to hold the weight of our head, which eventually leads to stress on the body itself.
Using the smartphone for long periods of time
Should we allow our eyes to focus on the smartphone screen for long periods at a time, the eye muscles will stiffen, which then causes a fatigue in the eyes. The blue light would thus affect the production of melatonin in the eyes, which will again affect our circadian rhythm.
You’ll look younger by using eye drops?!
You can look younger because by retrieving the energy and clarity in your eyes, you’ll no longer carry the fatigue which makes you look aged. While there are many products you can use and massages you can do, we are going to introduce some eye drops that can relieve us of the concerns we talked about above!
Eye drops for eye fatigue
Santen Sante Beauteye Eye Drops
Santen is a well-known brand for their eye drops, and the first one we’re going introduce is the Sante Beauteye Eye Drops. The Beauteye Eye Drops focus on the “eye turnover” which really refers to the regeneration of the cells of the eye area. Natural regeneration can decrease with age or stress, and thus a problem Santen Beauteye tries to tackle.
This eye drop contains five effective ingredients to support the health of our eyes. This includes taurine, which increase the metabolism of the eye tissues, and Vitamin B12, which improves muscle function and alleviates eye fatigue.
|Check Santen Sante Beauteye Eye Drops here|
Sante PC Eye Drops
Perhaps you’ve already guessed, Sante PC Eye Drops deals with the exposure to blue light from electronic devices. The Sante PC aims to repair damage to the cells of the eyes brought by blue light through ingredients such as B6, B1 and taurine. It also contains chondroitin compound to provide protection for the cornea.
Furthermore, the Sante PC eye drop improves and calms, while preventing any blood stagnation around the eye area, or even any itching.
|Check Sante PC Eye Drops here|
Eye drops for dry eyes
We thought we’d include something for contact users too, and these eye drops are perfect for dry eyes.
Santen Soft Santear
Have some artificial tears, because this is man-made (woah, standup comedy material right here). While not exactly the same as human tears, the composition of the eye drop is close enough to overcome the dryness in our eyes. You can also use this eye drop with any type of contact lenses, be they hard, soft or disposables. In addition, Soft Santear alleviates the discomforts that often come with contact lenses, like fatigue and itch.
|Check Santen Soft Santear here|
Kobayashi Eyebon Moist Care 500ml
Kobayashi’s Eyebon Moist Care has a different focus from Santear: cleansing and hydration. Cleansing because we often get dirt and dust into our eyes. Furthermore, the Eyebon Moist Care contains hyaluronic acid to moisturise the eyes. This is different from using the drop types as it washes deeper into hard to reach crevices to thoroughly cleanse and hydrate the surface of the eye.
This is recommended for you if your contacts are often hazy at the end of the day, you often get irritation from wearing contacts, or are exposed to air particles from pollution.
|Check Kobayashi Eyebon Moist Care 500ml here|
Eye drops for blood circulation
ROHTO Lycee Eye Drops
If blood congestion is a concern for you, how about using ROHTO Lycee (pronounced “lee-seh”)? By clearing the congestion, it improves the clarity of the eyes, accenting the white and black of the eyes.
In additional to that, this eye drop also gives three other benefits. Lycee B takes care of eye fatigue, calms irritation from UV damage, and contains ingredients for cornea treatment. This eye drop also has a rose scent.
|Check ROHTO Lycee here|
Before we go…
A friendly reminder before we end today’s article, is that most Japanese eye drops are medicated products. It is uncommon, but should any any allergic reactions occur, stop its use immediately.
Of course, eye care doesn’t just stop at the using eye drops. We can also give proper eye care by adjusting our lifestyle for the better. For example we can break out of our vicious sleeping cycle by avoiding using our smartphones before sleep, and resetting that cycle by bathing ourselves in the morning light. We can also take hourly rests for our eyes to recover at work. These are little things that we can start doing to let our eyes feel appreciated.
Dark circles can also be quite a big concern too, so be sure to catch up on what type of Japanese products are available to deal with dark circles. If you are interested in how Japan decides what is medicine, quasi-drug or cosmetic product, you can also find out about it here.