Dry eyes are a very common issue. They are caused by a deficiency in the quality of the tears which lubricate your eyes.
Some symptoms may be:
- Gritty feeling in the eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Foreign object sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
Why You Get Dry Eyes
Some causes of dry eyes or dry eye syndrome are:
- Aging processes like menopause
- Side effects of drugs and antihistamines
- Some diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis
Tips To Manage The Condition
Depending on the severity of your condition, your Ventura optometrist may prescribe some medications in the form of eye drops and ointments.
Mild to moderate dry eyes and the symptoms of dry eye syndrome can often be managed at home.
Over the counter, artificial tears can help relieve the discomfort associated with dry eye by lubricating the eyes. If you need to use these for more than four times a day, be sure to buy those without preservatives. You can find OTC drops, gels, inserts, and ointments.
Tackle dry eye syndrome with a bit of style. Purchase a well-fitting pair of sunglasses with wrap-around frames. These may come with foam seals to give you a snug fit. These glasses keep the wind and sun from your eyes, thus preventing tears from evaporating fast. Moisture chamber goggles also help by trapping moisture around the eyes.
Consider investing in a humidifier, especially if you live in regions prone to dry weather, mostly in the cold winter months. If you live in a hot area like Ventura and use an air conditioner, position the vents such that your eyes are not exposed directly to the cold air.
Dry eyes are often experienced by people exposed to prolonged screen times, whether it is on a computer or a smartphone. The reason behind this is that when we work on these devices, we tend not to blink as often as we should. This causes a disruption in the mechanism of tear formation in the eyes, leading to dry eye syndrome.
When working on a computer for long hours, remember to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Perhaps, take a water break every 20 minutes to half an hour and get up to drink a glass of water – double benefit!
Omega-3 fatty acids are super healthy fats – for your eyes and also for your brain! Ensure that your diet comprises of an adequate amount of foods rich in omega-3. Have at least 2 portions a week of oily fish like salmon, herring, and sardines. Other sources include walnuts and flax seeds. If, for any reason, you are unable to include these regularly in your diet, consider taking an omega 3 supplement – ask your optometrist for suggestions.
If you or someone in your family smoke, there is a good reason to quit now. Cigarette smoke can irritate the eyes and cause dry eyes.
Clean up the make-up
Clean all eye makeup thoroughly to avoid blocking of tear glands due to an accumulation of eyeliner and other makeup and, therefore, avoid evaporative dry eyes.
If you are troubled by the symptoms of dry eye, try a warm compress followed by cleaning your eyes thoroughly to aid in releasing some of the oil from the glands on your eyelids.
Try some meditation or relaxing yoga poses for keeping the stress off and relaxing your eyes. Also, take care that you get adequate sleep each night.