Dry eyes are an annoying, yet all too common condition that affects millions of Canadians, resulting in a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes, sensitivity to light, increased redness and blurred vision. While in most cases dry eyes are treatable, they could also be symptomatic of a more serious problem. You should always consult your optometrist if you continue to suffer from dry eye. If you only occasionally suffer from this condition however, here are six proven methods to treat dry eye.
1. Avoid Wearing Contact Lenses
Contact lenses prevent oxygen from reaching the cornea, resulting in an increase in blood vessels which can lead to dry eyes. Contacts also tend to draw moisture out, leaving you feeling as though there is dirt or grit in your eyes. If you experience dry eyes, you should switch to glasses to give your eyes time to rest and heal properly.
2. Wash Your Hands Frequently
In some cases, dry eye can be caused by inflammation of the eyelids or eyes due to infections. Washing your hands as often as possible and avoiding touching your eyes can be an effective way to prevent spreading harmful bacteria into your eyes which can contribute to dry eyes.
3. Limit Exposure to Allergens
Allergies can also have a huge impact on dry eye, particularly during certain times of the year (such as spring and summer). You may want to limit your time outdoors on days with high pollen counts and you should avoid environments where there are allergens (such as pet dander) that could aggravate your dry eye.
4. Reduce Screen Time
In today's digital age we often spend a lot of time glued to our computer monitors, TVs, tablets and smartphones. Unfortunately, focusing on these screens for extended periods of time can lead to eye strain, which in turn causes dry eye. Try and limit your screen time to help reduce and alleviate symptoms.
5. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water is one way to not only ensure that the rest of your body remains healthy, but that your eyes remain hydrated as well. That's because your eyes need to remain moist in order to function properly. Health Canada recommends that adults drink a minimum of 2-3 litres of water per day.
6. Check Your Medications
Many medications actually list dry eyes as a side effect. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if any medications you currently take may have this side effect. Additionally, combinations of medication can also lead to dry eyes. Consult with your physician to be on the safe side.
To get an eye exam and treatment options for dry eye, book an appointment with an FYidoctors near you.