5 Tips To Relieve Dry Eyes

Do you suffer from dry, itchy, burning eyes? Sore, fatigued eyes and even blurred vision are all symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome. Although there is no permanent cure for dry eyes, there are certain things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. Our optometrists have put together a little guide with their 5 top tips for you: 

Tip 1 – Check your air quality 

Studies show that people who live in areas of high pollution are more likely to suffer from dry eyes. We’re not suggesting you move, but if you live in a city or near a motorway, there are a couple of things you can try. First, and easiest, is a humidifier. Adding moisture to the dry air in your home may ease your symptoms. If this doesn’t work you could consider a high-quality air filter. These are designed to remove impurities from the air that may contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome symptoms.  

Tip 2 – Avoid cigarette smoke 

There are so many reasons not to smoke or be around second-hand smoke, but let’s add few more to the list – it can irritate your dry eyes even more and can also increase your risk of developing Dry Eye Syndrome.  

Tip 3 – Protect your eyes from the wind 

If you’re spending time outside and it’s windy, it’s important to protect your eyes. Wraparound sunglasses are great, as they stop the wind hitting your eyes from all angles. It’s not just natural wind that can dry your eyes out either – fans and hair dryers can have the same effect too. That air humidifier could come in handy again in this scenario!

Tip 4 – Don’t forget to blink 

It may sound really obvious – surely you blink naturally? But if you’re staring at a screen for a while, whether it’s a computer or television, or even reading a book, you don’t blink as often as usual. With most of us spending excessive time looking at screens now, it’s essential that you take a small break every 20 minutes to rest your eyes, and make a conscious effort to blink more often to keep your eyes moisturised.  

Tip 5 – Come in for a check-up 

There are many causes of dry eyes, so if your symptoms persist, why not visit Vaid Optometrists, your trusted, local opticians in Edgware, so our highly experienced optometrists can complete a thorough assessment of your eyes, determine the cause, and put together a personalised treatment plan that is designed to alleviate to your symptoms.