What can you do if you have dry eyes?
Dry eye is a very common chronic and often progressive condition that can cause irreversible damage to the ocular surface when advanced or left untreated. Did you know that almost 1 in 3 people report having symptoms related to dry eyes?
Some factors that lead to dry eyes are beyond your control - menopause, aging, taking certain medications, and certain autoimmune diseases. But fortunately, there are some environmental factors you can modify! Here are some changes you can make to your daily routine to decrease your dry eye symptoms and increase your comfort:
Tip #1 - Blink often
We blink much less when we stare at a computer or digital device. Studies show that most of us blink 5–8 times per minute when using a screen, as opposed to the typical 15-20 times per minute when not. Blinking helps to distribute tears across the eye's surface, which is important for keeping the eye hydrated. Remember to blink intentionally when using digital devices and take short but frequent breaks. Our advice: look far away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes and blink 20 times!
Tip #2 - Consume more omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids improve the quality of your tears and minimize inflammation brought on by dry eyes. Increasing your intake of omega-3-rich foods like salmon, mackerel, and sardines can help lessen the symptoms of dry eyes. If you don't like fish, you could opt for omega-3 supplements, some of which are specially formulated to treat dry eyes. Our optometrists can recommend the most appropriate product for your condition.
Tip #3 - Modify your environment
Try to keep your eyes away from direct drafts from heating and air conditioning. Ceiling and floor fans are particularly drying for the eyes and should be eliminated as much as possible. Also, it is important to maintain a good level of humidity in the air in your home or work environment. Think about purchasing a humidifier for your office or bedroom!
Tip #4 - Quit smoking
Smoking has an impact on the integrity and stability of the tear film. Cigarette smoke is also very irritating and drying to the eyes. That's why those who smoke are twice as likely to suffer from dry eyes. Together with all the other health advantages, quitting smoking typically significantly reduces the symptoms of dry eyes.
If it's not working - we can help!
If your dry eyes still bother you despite all these adjustments, don't give up hope! Our optometrists can provide you with a variety of therapies and recommendations. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us; we'd be pleased to assist you combat dry eyes right away!
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