The uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease can impact nearly every area of your life. Dry eyes can make it difficult to concentrate at work, enjoy your hobbies or cherish time with your friends and family.
Often the first step to overcoming dry eye symptoms is to try simple at-home remedies or lifestyle changes. Read on as Dr Joshua Hann explains some of the things that can make dry eye better.
Use Artificial Tears
One of the most common ways to soothe symptoms of dry eyes is to use artificial tears and/or other eye drops that increase tear production and add moisture to the eyes. There are many types and brands; Dr Hann can advise you of the option that will work best for you.
Consume Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve tear production and reduce symptoms of dry eye. You can get omega-3 fatty acids through fatty fish like salmon or tuna, flax or chia seeds, or walnuts. Or, you can get them in supplement form.
Manage Screen Time
Prolonged periods of screen time can contribute to dry eye symptoms. Try to reduce time spent looking at a computer, smartphone or tablet screen. During long periods of work, make an effort to blink regularly, and take frequent breaks to rest your eyes.
Apply Warm Compresses
Holding a warm, wet cloth to your eyes for five minutes at a time can unblock clogged tear-producing glands and help your eyes regain moisture. Gently cleaning your upper and lower eyelids of dirt and debris that could be blocking glands may also lead to an improvement in dry eye symptoms.
When You Need Permanent Relief From Dry Eye
If at-home remedies fail to provide lasting relief from dry eye symptoms, it might be time to consult with the team at Eastside Eye Specialist Care. Dr Hann and our team offer professional solutions to address the root cause of dry eye disease for long-lasting relief.
We will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes and tear film to determine the cause of the problem. Once we understand whether the issue is the quantity and/or quality of your tears, we can recommend a suitable treatment approach. For example, punctal plugs can be placed in your tear drainage ducts to help tears remain on the surface of your eyes longer. Or, IPL can treat dilated blood vessels and associated inflammation that is causing or contributing to your dry eye symptoms.
To request an appointment with our dry eye team, please call or email us today.