If you've ever been burdened by the symptoms of dry eyes, you know just how dire a solution can feel. Dry eyes are more than just an itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable feeling that can impact your vision and your ability to function day to day. To help you manage these symptoms, here are a few treatments and tips to avoid dry eyes. Incorporating these into your daily routine can protect your eyes from decreased vision and poor function due to dry eyes.
Tips & Treatments
Reduce Screen Time
The blue lights reflecting from your computer, phone and television screen every day are a strain on your eyes. In fact, “blue light exposure might be harmful to visual function in patients.” To avoid any potential damage caused by overexposure to blue light, make an effort to reduce your daily screen time.
Use Preservative Free Drops
Natural tears are your body's way of moisturizing and soothing your eyes. However, if your body is struggling to produce enough tears, or isn't producing the best quality tears, your eyes can become dry too quickly. To combat this, try using preservative-free eye drops to lubricate and protect your eyes.
Apply a Warm Mask
Some glands around your eyes are responsible for the production of necessary oils. Sometimes these oils can clog the glands or the glands can become inflamed. To correct this, close your eyes and apply a warm mask of 40-42°C (108°F) for at least 10 minutes. This can help liquify the oils that may have built up.
Be Aware of Certain Medications
Some over-the-counter and prescription medications can be the root of your dry eye symptoms. Check out the ones listed here, and if you think medication may be the cause of your dry eye symptoms, consider speaking with your healthcare provider about alternatives.
Make Healthy Choices
Making healthy lifestyle choices can do more for you than increase energy. By ensuring that you are getting enough sleep, having nutrient-dense meals (omega 3 fatty acids, EPA, DHA fish oils or natural oils, and green leafy vegetables), and engaging in physical activity, you can help your whole body function better, including your eyes.
A Powerful Ally for Dry Eyes
Dry Eye disease is complex with many contributing factors. To reduce the symptoms, whether mild, moderate, or severe, consider using Evolve eye drops.
Evolve eye drops – available at an eye care professional near you – are gentle on the eyes and designed to manage dry eye symptoms.