When your eyes stop producing enough tears needed to nourish your eyes, you could start having to deal with a condition known as Dry Eye. Without enough tears to provide the necessary lubricant the eye needs you may experience some of these symptoms listed below as a result:
- Scratching sensation
- Dry, itchy, or burning
- Trouble focusing because of dryness
- Light sensitivity
Dry Eye is an extremely common condition with over 3 million reported cases every year, so if you are experiencing these symptoms—you are not alone. Dry eye can occur because of a multitude of reasons but commonly is a result of dry air, allergies, unsanitary contacts, or looking at a computer screen/reading for an extended period.
Here are some ways that you can help relieve your symptoms of Dry Eye:
Take frequent breaks from your computer/reading: It is important to take frequent breaks from looking at a computer screen or reading for a long time to give your eyes the break they need. Studies show that people blink a lot less when staring at computer screen, so don’t forget to blink! It’s important to remember to blink often when working on a computer or reading to keep your eyes hydrated.
Wear sunglasses: By wearing sunglasses outside you not only will protect your eyes from damaging UV rays but you will reduce your exposure to the wind and direct sunlight that can dry out your eyes.
Take care of your contacts: If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry eyes and wear contact lenses it is important to make sure that you are not keeping them in your eyes for an extended period. Keep your contact lenses nice and clean as well or you risk not only worsening your dry eye symptoms but also put yourself at increased risk of potential eye infections.
Drinking plenty of water: Dry eyes may be a signal your body is giving that you are dehydrated. Staying hydrated is an important aspect of our overall health and by staying hydrated you will decrease your risk of getting dry eye.
Increase the humidity: By increasing the humidity in your home and workplace you can help lessen your symptoms of dry eye. It is suggested to get a humidifier and clean it frequently to help with dry air you may be exposed to.