You don’t have to wait for dry eye to go away on its own. There are choices you can make every single day to improve your condition.
Some are easier than others, but they all contribute to making your life more comfortable. Here are a few of the changes you can make to help your dry eye!
You can buy humidifiers at almost any department store for a reasonable price. Placing one or two of these in your home will add to the amount of moisture in the air.
Having some humidity in the air will allow your eyes to maintain moisture more easily.
Our homes tend to collect a lot of potential allergens and irritants. It is important to keep surfaces and floors clean so particles don’t end up in the air.
If they are in the air, they are more likely to irritate our eyes. The process of dusting can also kick the dust and pollutants into the air if you aren’t careful.
Dust surfaces using a damp cloth rather than a dry duster. Also make sure to vacuum often enough that dust does not have a chance to accumulate.
Smoking is the leading cause of many different diseases and conditions. This is especially true with the eyes!
The risk of glaucoma and cataracts, for example, is significantly increased by smoking. Smoke also irritates your eyes when it makes contact with them. Even reducing your smoke intake can help improve your life.
Use Seat Warmers as Much as Possible
Convection style heating (heaters that blow hot air) can dry out your eyes. During the winter, when it’s already so cold and dry outside, it is important to keep your eyes lubricated.
Try to rely on your car’s seat warmers as much as possible if you have access to them. This is a better alternative than blowing hot air into your face and eyes!
Reduce Screen Time
While it’s becoming more and more difficult to spend time away from a screen, you can still create good habits. Too much screen time can stand in your way of having healthy vision.
Try spending a minute away from your screen every 20 minutes or so. This helps remind your brain to blink more often. It is often a lack of blinking that makes your eyes tired and dries them out.
Wear Protective Eye Wear When Necessary
If it’s windy or you are in an area with airborne debris, make sure to wear sunglasses or goggles when appropriate. If particles get into your eyes, it will only irritate them. And even wind can dry them out.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
By scheduling an eye exam with Dr. Pinke, we can help you determine the root causes of your dry eye.
Knowing the root causes of dry eye helps you and your eye doctor come up with an effective treatment plan.
Tired of living with the symptoms of dry eye? Schedule a dry eye consultation at Pinke Eye Centers in Shelton, CT today!