Dry eyes might sound like a minor complaint, but they can lead to major discomfort. Your eyes may feel gritty, scratchy, stinging, burning, or painful, and your vision may sometimes be blurry. Fortunately, simple steps can offer welcome comfort when your eyes feel like the Sahara.
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Artificial tears can bring real relief from dry eye syndrome, which is caused by a lack of enough natural tears. Tear supplements are available over the counter in drops, gels, gel inserts, and ointments. If you use artificial tears more than four times a day, choose a preservative-free brand.
Sunglasses with wraparound frames shield your eyes from sun and wind, slowing the evaporation of tears. Some have foam seals for a closer fit against your face. For indoor protection, ask your optician about moisture chamber glasses and goggles, which trap moisture around your eyes.
A humidifier adds moisture to dry indoor air, slowing tear evaporation. This may be especially helpful in winter, when indoor heating can leave the air parched. In summer, move your chair or adjust the vents in your car so that the air conditioner isn’t blowing directly on your face.
3. Switch on a Humidifier https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fd1%2F2d%2F80d7360c4ff4beaca9a2b6e9ee2a%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-153588629-humidifer-in-room.jpg
Blinking moves tears across your eyes, helping keep them moist. But people don’t blink as often as they should while staring at a computer screen. The moist tear film will evaporate without a replenishing blink. When using a computer, remind yourself to blink frequently. Also, give your eyes a rest by looking away from the screen often. The same advice applies whenever you are reading.
4. Take Computer Breaks https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1494x999%2B5%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fbc%2F25%2Fb04615b5461f8367539f2f513355%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-woman-using-computer.jpg
Omega-3s may improve tear quality and decrease inflammation in dry eyes. These healthy fats are found in oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna. Other sources include flaxseeds, walnuts, and soybean and canola oils. Or ask your eye care professional about omega-3 supplements.