Pain in both eyes in cases of dry eye, be it prickling or stabbing, most frequently occurs in the morning during waking hours or at any time of day as a result of long hours in front of the computer, looking at cell phones and other screens and reduced blinking. With dry eye, there is unpleasant and sudden pain when waking up in the middle of the night.
In allergic seasonal conjunctivitis, the pain is unpleasant and constant, regardless of the time of day or night.
It is recommended to use artificial tears with increased viscosity before going bed, or a gel, to make up for the water we need, because we do not blink at night and we cannot secrete tears. Tearing (epiphora) can occur more frequently as a defence mechanism or enhanced response to two diseases simultaneously. These tears are less concentrated, so they are less efficient in the eye’s self-defence, and they reduce visual acuity and the quality of our daily work routines.
Helpful tip: You need to take into account how much you blink and how much time you spend in front of the screen with reduced blinking because we forget to blink during focused work. If you wear lenses, it is recommended to use soft silicone hydrogel lenses, preferably with protection from blue light.