Do your eyes burn? You may be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. But you don't have to live with discomfort and irritation. There are simple environmental and dietary solutions:
- Use moisturizing drops – artificial tears, or lubricating eye drops, will help your dry eyes feel better. * Don't confuse artificial tears with formulas that "get the red out."
- Improve indoor air quality – an air cleaner filters out dust and other particles from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to air that's dry because of air conditioning or heating.
- Wear well-fitted sunwear – if you spend a lot of time outdoors, always wear sunglasses to reduce exposure to sun, wind and dust. Choose styles with a snug seal, to prevent irritants from getting to your eyes at the top, bottom and sides.
- Consider punctal plugs – temporary or permanent silicone plugs in the tear ducts help retain moisture on your eyes by keeping tears from draining away too quickly. They can be inserted painlessly while you're in the Optometrist's office and are normally not felt once in place.
- Drink more liquids – mild dehydration can make dry eye problems worse. Experts agree that about 20% of the water your body needs comes from the food you eat, while the rest originates from the liquids you drink. The best choices are water, 100% fruit and vegetable juices, and milk.
- Add supplements and boost your diet – studies have found that nutritional supplements with certain essential fatty acids can decrease dry eye symptoms. Eat more cold-water fish such as sardines, cod, herring and salmon, which contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Only your Doctor can recommend the best solutions for your dry eyes. Pop in and see us about the many changes that will turn your winter desert into an oasis!