So, what causes dry eyes?
Dry eyes can be the result of a host of conditions. During winter months, a common contributor is heating vents in the car, at work, and at home. Other factors can include anything from allergies to general eye inflammations. Even something as simple as not blinking enough when doing computer work can add to the irritation. While some people don’t produce enough mucus on the surface of the eye, some actually experience too much mucus production, which can lead to discharge. It’s important to see your eye care professional for a proper diagnosis.
What are some things you can do if you suffer from dry eyes?
- Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harsh winds and extra light.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water.
- Use a warm compress on your eyes to help relieve the strain.
- Consider adding more Omega-3 to your diet. These fatty acids can be found in oily fish, flaxseeds, eggs and walnuts.
Still experiencing symptoms of dry eyes? Talk to your eye doctor about your symptoms. He or she can provide the best course of treatment, and determine which artificial tears, if any, would be appropriate for your specific condition.
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