Dry eye syndrome is very common, with approximately 48 percent of adults in the U.S. regularly experiencing symptoms such as dry, scratchy irritation, and burning sensations in the eyes. Fortunately, most cases of dry eye can be cured. The vision experts at Laser Eye Center offer the following tips to help you relieve dry eye symptoms and keep your vision healthy.
Use Artificial Tears
Artificial tears can alleviate the dry, scratchy feeling that often accompanies dry eyes by bringing much-needed moisture to the eyes. There are many brands of artificial tears available without a prescription. Check with your eye doctor to see which eye drops are best for you based on your symptoms.
Beware of Windy Conditions
Windy weather, fans and hair dryers can dry out your eyes, so try limiting your exposure to them. If you plan on spending time outside on a windy day, wraparound sunglasses can reduce the chance of wind blowing directly into your eyes. Prepare for unexpected weather by always packing a pair of sunglasses in your travel bag.
Rest Your Eyes
Blinking moistens the eyes and prevents dryness and irritation. Studies show people blink much less when working at a computer, which increases their risk of developing dry eye. Remember to take frequent breaks when using a computer, smartphone or other digital device. This allows your eyes to regain moisture and focus better.
Avoid Cigarette Smoke
Smoking can have numerous adverse effects on the skin and body. Research shows cigarette smoke can irritate the eyes and worsen dry eye syndrome. Smoking also increases your risk of developing dry eye in the first place.
Keep Your Eyes Clean
Throughout the day, bacteria, oil and pollutants build up on your skin. Not washing your face or eyes increases the risk of harmful substances reaching your eyes and causing them harm. Likewise, leaving your eye makeup on overnight can irritate the eyes. Wash your eyes regularly by placing warm compresses on your eyes, and gently wash your eyelids to eliminate oil buildup. To wash off makeup, soak cotton balls with eye makeup remover and gently place them over your eyelids for 25-30 seconds.
Schedule an Eye Exam
Treating dry eye symptoms can help prevent them from worsening or leading to more serious eye conditions. The eye surgeons at Laser Eye Center have helped thousands of patients in the Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire areas who are experiencing dry eye syndrome. If you are experiencing any dry eye symptoms, our doctors can help you achieve clear vision. Please call us today at 800-80-LASER (52737).