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Our 3 Tips to Relieve Your Dry Eye
Do you have red, itchy, or burning eyes, fluctuating vision, light sensitivity, or constantly watering eyes? Dry eyes may be the cause.
Here are some quick and simple steps you can take to feel more comfortable.
Tip #1 - Use preservative-free artificial tears
Artificial tears, available in bottles or small vials, can help alleviate your dry eye symptoms. To avoid further irritating the eye, preservative-free tears are preferred. However, it's important to note that not all artificial tears are created equal! Many factors can contribute to your dryness, and certain products could be better suited for your condition than others. Our optometrists are skilled in determining the type of dryness you're experiencing and identifying the best artificial tears for you.
Tip #2 - Apply warm compresses daily
Most cases of dry eye are due to the dysfunction of the Meibomian glands - small glands found in the eyelids that produce the oily layer of tears.
Daily application of a warm compress to your eyelids can help release this oil and lubricate your eyes. To be effective, the compress must provide 5 to 10 minutes of heat, which is nearly impossible to achieve with tap water. We recommend the use of a special mask filled with ceramic beads that can be heated in the microwave. These masks retain heat much longer and effectively.
Tip #3 - Clean your eyelashes and eyelids daily
Debris and makeup on your lashes can block the glands that produce the oily layer of tears. It's important to clean your lashes and eyelids every night, even if you're not wearing makeup. Our optometrists can recommend cleaning wipes specially formulated to maintain the proper functioning of your eyelid glands.
If it's working - don't stop!
If you notice an improvement in your symptoms with these simple tips, continue with them as dry eye is a chronic problem. There is no cure for dry eyes, but your symptoms can be managed to restore your comfort and quality of life.
If it's not working - we can help!
If, despite these tips, your dry eye persists, don't despair! There are other treatments for more advanced cases of dryness that will be discussed in a future post. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us, we'll be happy to help you take control of your dry eye now!
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