6 ways to prevent and treat dry eyes
If you got itchy and/or dry eyes, the usual suspects could be weather conditions, allergies or air pollution. But there might be another natural cause – aging. As you grow older, you’re more at risk of suffering from constant dry eye, especially for women going through their menopause. Follow these easy steps to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.
Take regular breaks from the monitor
Staring at your computer screen all day long puts a serious strain on your eyes. Rule of thumb is to take 5 minutes of break from the computer screen every hour. Other experts suggest the “rule of three 20s”: Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away. Staring at something close up, like a computer screen, puts more strain on your eyes than looking at something farther away. When you stare at something close up (like monitor screen) your eyes become easily irritated.
Use lubricating eye drops
A nice way to keep your eyes hydrated is to use “Artificial tear” eye drops. Apply them every couple hours but don’t overdo it so you won’t hinder your tear gland function. Look for drops without preservatives, which can irritate your eyes.
Have more omega-3s in your diet
Is there anything fish oil can’t do? Omega-3s in fish oil help reduce inflammation throughout the body—especially in the eyes, which is a main cause of dry eye.
Be careful with your contact lenses
Your go-to way of seeing is another major cause of dry eye. If you need to wear contacts during the day, take them out as soon as you get home to give your peepers a rest.
Mind your environment
Here’s an easy equation: A dry environment equals dry eyes. Invest in a humidifier. It will create more moisture in your home (or office), and it’s especially good for the wintertime when your heating system tends to dry out the air in your place.
Check your medicaments
Certain medications, such as antihistamines for allergies, cause dry eye because they’re designed to dry out your sinuses. Some birth control pills can also lead to dry eye. Ask your doc if there are less drying medication options.