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Tips for Managing Chronic Dry Eyes

Tips for Managing Chronic Dry Eyes

You have dry eyes if your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or if the tears your eyes produce are of low quality. Here at Hunter Vision in Maitland, Florida, Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald offers treatments and tips for managing chronic dry eyes, which can cause excessive eye watering, irritation, and sensitivity to light. 

By taking the following steps, you can be sure that your eyes stay lubricated, comfortable, and fully functional.

Use artificial tears or eye drops

Artificial tears are available over the counter, and you can use them to manage dry eyes if you don’t produce an adequate amount of natural tears. To avoid additional irritation, it may benefit you to choose artificial tears without preservatives on their list of ingredients. 

For some people, artificial tears don’t provide much relief from dry eyes. If this is the case for you, there are other steps you can take to manage your chronic symptoms. 

Protect your eyes with high-quality sunglasses

Protective eyewear can shield your eyes from harmful sunlight. If you choose a pair with wrap-around frames, they can also successfully protect your eyes from wind and dust. All of these outdoor environmental factors can aggravate dry eyes and increase your symptoms, so protective sunglasses are a must. 

Take breaks from screen time

Staring at a computer screen all day may be necessary for your occupation, or maybe playing video games is a hobby that takes up a lot of your time. In any case, you might not blink a lot while you’re looking at a screen. Remember to blink frequently when using a computer or watching television, and take frequent breaks from screens throughout the day. 

It may help you to remember the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of screen time, look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This can relieve dry eye symptoms as well as eye strain, which commonly happens to those who spend lots of time in front of a screen. 

Drink lots of water

Staying hydrated has numerous benefits for your health and wellness. Among them is relief from dry eyes. You can also help keep your eyes moisturized by using a humidifier in your home. 

Block your tear ducts

Your tear ducts allow tears to drain from your eyes. By blocking them, you can keep tears in your eyes so they’ll stay lubricated. At our office, Dr. MacDonald can set you up with removable punctal plugs made of silicone or gel-like materials. These plugs help tears stay in your eyes to keep them better moisturized.

Managing chronic dry eyes involves treatments from Hunter Vision and easy habit changes you can make at work and home. To schedule an appointment with Dr. MacDonald, give our office a call or book your visit online today. 

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