What Can I do for dry eyes?
Updated: Mar 1
If you suffer from dry eyes, you know how frustrating it can be. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to help relieve the symptoms. Dry eyes are a common problem that can occur at any age. The symptoms of dry eyes can range from mild to severe, and can include burning, stinging, itching, redness, and a feeling of grittiness or sandiness. you just can't seem to produce enough tears.
If you are suffering from dry eyes, there are a few things you can do to help relieve the symptoms.
1. Use artificial tears. This is often the first line of defense against dry eyes. Artificial tears can help to lubricate your eyes and provide relief from the dryness.
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2. Use a humidifier. A humidifier can help to add moisture to the air, which can in turn help to relieve your dry eyes.
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3. Limit your time spent staring at screens. Staring at screens can contribute to dry eyes, so limiting your time spent doing so can help. Take breaks often and give your eyes a rest.
The average person blinks 12 times every minute, but we only blink 5 times per minute when using a computer. Our wide-open eyes are more prone to dryness, experiencing eye strain, developing headaches, and feeling irritated.
Taking frequent screen breaks gives our eyes time to relax after focusing on digital screens.
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4. Heat can soothe irritation or inflammation to produce more tears. Along with eye massage after applying heat.
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5.) Washing Your Eyelids to Control Inflammation and keeping your Meibomian oil glands unclogged and producing adequate tears.
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6.) Omega 3 fatty acid and supplements. You can reduce your risk of dry eye by up to 17% if you add fish oil to your diet. In addition, omega-3, commonly found in fish oil, can benefit your eye health by soothing symptoms and improving your tear quality.
Although eating fish is an option for a natural dose of omega-3 fatty acids, you can also take supplements.
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