Ways to Relieve Dry Eyes

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June 14, 2018

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How to Get Rid Of Dry Eyes

Ways to Relieve Dry Eyes InfographicSometimes your eyes can feel dry and scratchy simply because of the environment, such as when allergy season hits or you’ve been swimming for a few hours. But if your eyes are consistently experiencing dry, burning sensations, you may have a condition called dry eye. This condition is generally minor and can be caused by medications, aging, hormonal changes, and other environmental factors. Here are some easy ways to relieve your dry eyes:

Reduce your screen time

If you spend hours on end staring at one spot, such as your computer screen or smartphone, your eyes may be experiencing eye strain. A common symptom of eye strain is dryness of your eyes because your eyes aren’t blinking and closing enough to spread basal tears over the surface of your eyes. Try taking regular breaks and closing your eyes for 15-30 seconds when using digital screens. You may also want to try blue light blocking glasses.

Avoid smoky environments

Smoke is a known eye irritant, whether it’s coming from a bonfire party, cigarette smoke, or your recent grill out. Try avoiding areas with lots of smoke, including locations where you will experience second-hand smoke. If you are a regular smoker, here are some tips for quitting!

Wear sunglasses outside

This tip is especially important during the summer when people tend to spend more time outside in the sun! Exposure to direct sunlight, wind, and air pollutants can contribute to dry eyes. Sunglasses, especially those with wrap-around lenses, can help block many of these irritants from entering your eyes.

Use eye drops

Artificial tears can be very helpful for people experiencing dry eyes on a seasonal basis. You can also find eyelid cleaners that calm inflammation around your eyes. However, if you are experiencing dry eyes for extended periods of a month or more, we recommend you consult an optometrist for a more permanent solution.

Drink more water

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. Our bodies constantly lose water through sweat, tears, urination, and more. This loss of water impacts all areas of the body, including the eyes. The only way to gain that water back is by drinking it, so it’s important that you stay properly hydrated throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water helps your body to produce enough tears to keep the eyes properly lubricated, which helps prevent dry eyes.

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