Tips for Improving Dry Eye Symptoms
June 7, 2022
While millions of people suffer from dry eye, many are not aware that they even have it! If you are experiencing symptoms such as discomfort, blurred vision, or a gritty feeling in your eyes, the tips below could help you find relief until you meet with an eye doctor.
1. Use artificial tears liberally.
This first tip is often enough to get relief from your dry eye. Using artificial tears every few hours throughout the day can help keep your eyes lubricated and decrease the discomfort caused by dry eye. They are widely available over-the-counter at pharmacies and drug stores, and there are many different preservative-free options to choose from. Not all artificial tears are the same, so it is important to find the one that works best for you.
2. Avoid using computers and digital devices for long periods.
Many people spend a large amount of time using digital devices, either for work or recreation. However, the screens from these devices emit blue light, which has been linked to dry eye and eye strain. People often blink less when staring at a screen for an extended period. You should take a break from screens every hour or so if you can to give your eyes a break. If this isn’t possible, then you should follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
3. Protect your eyes in windy areas.
When you are outdoors in a windy area, it is important to protect your eyes. The wind can dry out your eyes so they feel irritated. Make sure to wear eye protection such as sunglasses to keep the wind from hitting your eyes directly, and try to avoid rubbing your eyes when they are windblown.
4. Increase your water intake.
Drinking plenty of water can help to improve your dry eye symptoms. When dehydrated, your body produces fewer tears, leading to dry eye. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to keep your eyes healthy and hydrated.
5. Avoid smoking.
It is well known that smoking is generally bad for your health, but it can also be bad for your eyes. Smoking increases the risk of developing dry eye syndrome or makes your symptoms worse. If you smoke, try to quit for the sake of your health – including your eyes!
6. Care for your eyelids to improve tear quality.
If you have problems with your eyelids, it can impact the quality of your tears and lead to dry eye symptoms. Make sure to keep your eyelids clean and free of debris, and see a doctor if you have any crusting or discharge from your eyes.
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