Preventing Dry Eyes

Preventing dry eyesPreventing dry eyes is a full time job for some of us.  There are many things that can cause dry eyes so it might take some trial and error to figure out the cause.

Just because you have dry eyes doesn’t mean you have something serious going on but it’s important that you have your eyes checked by a specialist just to be sure. Here are some things to talk to your eye doctor about when you see him/her. This list is taken from a article.

  • Tell your doc your eye health history.
    • Have you ever been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition?
    • Has anyone in your family ever been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition?
    • Do you smoke or have diabetes?
    • Do you wear prescription lenses (glasses or contacts)?
    • Do you use prescription or over-the-counter eye medications? If so, which ones?
    Tell your doc about your eye or vision symptoms.
    • Are you having trouble seeing or seeing clearly?
    • If so, what vision problems are you having (blurred or blocked vision, double vision, floaters, circles or halos, flashes of light, poor side vision, other)?
    • Do you feel pain or pressure in or around your eyes?
    • Are you having headaches or neck pain?
    • Do your eyes feel itchy, watery, burning, gritty, or dry?
    • Are you having drainage or redness around your eyes?
    • Are you having problems with tear production?

There are two types of eye specialists. Opthalmologists and optometrists.  An opthalmologist is a medical doctor. He or she is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of they eye, perform surgeries, and prescribe medications.  They can also do eye exams and prescribe glasses/contacts. An optometrist can diagnose vision problems, prescribe glasses/contacts, vision aids, therapy, and, in some states, can prescribe medications. They will refer you to an opthalmologist if you have a more serious condition.

Some suggestions you might be given for preventing dry eyes are:

  • Blinking often, especially when working on a computer or playing videos.
  • Be aware of your medications.  Things like decongestants can cause dry eyes and so can many prescription drugs.
  • Wear sunglasses with big lenses!!  These will protect you from the wind and sun.  Having a pair that is 99%  to 100%  UVA and UVB filtered is the best.  They protect you the best from the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Maintaining humidity over 30% indoors will help.
  • Eye drops, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription will give temporary relief.  (I like Systane Balance Drops. My eye doctor recommended them)
  • Eating more omega-3 fats, whether they be from foods like salmon, omega-3 eggs, avocados, or from a supplement, they will help decrease any inflammation in your tear glads allowing tears to keep your eyes wet.

Preventing dry eyes can be a nuisance but necessary to maintain your eye health.  They can happen to people in humid climates as well as dry climates.  They can happen in both warm and cold climates.  Hopefully these suggestions will help you in preventing dry eyes that can just aggravate the daylights out of you.  Again, be sure to check with your eye doctor to make sure there’s not something serious going on like macular degeneration.

Preventing dry eyes





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