Tips For Dealing With Dry Eye Syndrome
Millions of people suffer from some form of dry eye syndrome. This syndrome may seem harmless—but left untreated it can lead to scarring, infections, and even perforation of the cornea. If you consistently have dry eyes, it’s important to visit with us about it.
Dry Eyes Manifest Themselves In Many Ways
- scratchiness or grittiness
- a feeling like there is something in your eye
- redness and blurred vision
What Causes Dry Eyes?
If you live somewhere that’s dry, hot, or windy you may frequently experience dry eyes. Also, atmospheric pollution in populated cities can irritate eyes.
Some medications can contribute to dry eyes including oral contraceptives, antihistamines, and antidepressants. Check the side effects of your medications.
Contact wearers tend to have drier eyes than those who do not wear contacts. Visit with us if your contact lenses are contributing to irritation.
Some Suggestions To Help You Feel Better
- Use a humidifier in your bedroom. Central cooling and heating can dry out the air significantly.
- Use artificial tears. Consider “preservative-free” eye drops. Eye drops with preservatives may further irritate your eyes.
- Add more Omega 3s to your diet. Omega 3s, commonly found in fish, can help increase tear and oil production in your eyes.
- Blink more frequently. If you frequently stare at a computer screen, read a lot, or watch a lot of TV, remember to blink! Blinking hydrates your eyes.
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If you’re experiencing dry eyes, give us a call and let us help you find the best solution.