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Eyedrops to protect Millennials against dry eyes
With their hectic work schedule and active, tech-dominated lifestyle, Filipino Millennials are at high risk of developing dry eye syndrome (DES). One of the most common causes of DES is prolonged visual display terminal (VDT) exposure because of increased computer and cell phone use. A new global report found that Filipinos spend more time on the Internet than people in 29 countries in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North America and Europe. The report revealed that the average Filipino Internet user spends nine hours online each day, with mobile Internet access accounting for more than three and a half of those hours.
“Every time you blink, your tear ducts produce a thin layer of moisture that cleans and lubricates your eyes. When we work at a computer or use our smartphone or other portable digital device, we tend to blink our eyes less frequently. This leads to greater tear evaporation and increased risk of DES,” says Dr. Richard Nepomuceno, cornea and external eye disease specialist. “Environmental factors can also have a drying effect on your eyes, causing your tears to evaporate. These include the sun, wind, dry climate, and high altitude.”
Also called dry eye disease or simply dry eyes, DES occurs when your tears are unable to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. It is the most common eye condition among adults. DES signs and symptoms, which usually affect both eyes, may include a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes; stringy mucus in or around your eyes; sensitivity to light; eye redness; a sensation of having something in your eyes; difficulty wearing contact lenses; difficulty with nighttime driving; watery eyes; and blurred vision or eye fatigue.4
To help prevent DES, experts recommend the “20-20-20 rule”: Look away from the computer/smartphone/portable digital device screen every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away, and look at it for at least 20 seconds. Wear sunglasses with UV protection, preferably wraparound sunglasses or close-fitting sunglasses with wide lenses that protect your eyes from every angle. Dr. Nepomuceno also recommends the use of artificial tears, such as Systane Ultra Lubricating Eyedrops, to lubricate dry eyes and help maintain moisture on the outer surface of your eyes.
Systane Ultra is available in all leading drugstores nationwide. For more information about Systane Ultra, visit the Novartis Healthcare Philippines official website, or like us on Facebook via or follow @systaneph on Instagram.

Battling head lice infestation
About one-third of elementary public school students in the Philippines suffer from head lice-related problems. Head lice infestation or pediculosis can cause severe itchiness and infection of the scalp, but this could be the least of these children’s worries; the social stigma associated with having kuto can leave lasting psychological damage on both children and their parents.
A survey of communities visited by the Licealiz caravan last year found that 47 percent of respondents from Visayas and 76 percent of respondents from Mindanao said that their children were bullied and teased for having head lice, causing some of them to miss school to avoid their peers. The parents, on the other hand, feel incompetent and embarrassed for being unable to prevent head lice from infesting their children.
In response to this, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo launched Nationwide Oplan Alis Kuto as a part of its Kilusang Kontra Kuto effort to educate the public on lice infestation issues. The caravan was launched in partnership with the Department of Education, University of the Philippines Manila College of Public Health and Mommy Bloggers Philippines with the goal of traveling to different schools and barangays all over the country to hold shampooing programs and lectures for students and their parents.
To help prevent the spread of head lice, experts like Dr. Bertuso, an entomologist and professor from UP Manila College of Public Health, recommend that parents regularly inspect their children’s hair, as well as the hair of everyone in the household.
The Kilusang Kontra Kuto aims to raise awareness about lice infestation issues and prevent and treat head lice infestations. In 2016, the campaign reached 30 communities and over 10,000 children and parents in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
For more information on head lice prevention and treatment, visit Licealiz’s Facebook page at



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