Do you have dry eyes? Dry eyes happen when your tear glands don’t produce enough tears to properly lubricate your eyes.1 This could be caused by dry eye syndrome, where you produce poor quality tears or don’t produce tears at all.1 Dry eyes can also happen because of allergies, aging, medications, contact use, environmental factors and other medical conditions.1 First talk to your doctor to see if you have any medical conditions that may cause dry eyes because you may need a special prescription or eye drops.1
If you have dry eyes, you may also have pain in your eyes, feel like something is stuck in them, have redness around the eyes, have mucus in or around your eyes, have sensitivity to light, have eyes that feel tired, have blurred vision and of course, dryness or itching.1
If you have ruled out a medical condition with your doctor, here are a few other things to try to solve dry eyes:
- Change your environment. Your eyes might be dry from the wind, pollution in the air, cigarette smoke or dryness in the air. Make sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the wind and avoid being near those who are smoking. You might also want to try a humidifier in your home to add more moisture to the air.1
- Give your eyes a rest. Make sure to give your eyes frequent breaks if you are watching TV, on your computer or phone or reading often.1
- Add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet to relieve symptoms. Try taking supplements daily or add these foods to your diet: flaxseed or flaxseed oil, palm oil, soybean oil, walnuts, salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, eggs, and chia seeds.1
- Try eye drops. Eye drops or artificial tears can provide some temporary relief. You can also try ointments which provider longer-term relief.1
- Take breaks from your contacts. If you wear contacts, make sure to take breaks and wear glasses from time to time and don’t sleep in them at night.
If you have dry eyes from time to time, what helps ease them? Do you have a condition that causes your dry eyes or is it allergies or something less serious? Share with us what works for you!
1 – Information from Healthline