Have you ever experienced a gritty feeling in your eyes, like something is stuck between your eyelids? This may be a sign of dry eye syndrome, a condition that occurs when your tears cannot sufficiently lubricate your eyes.
Here are some tips from your dry eye treatment specialist, Elite Vision Care, on preventing dry eye syndrome:
1. Protecting Your Eyes During Windy Days
Wind causes your eyes to dry. If you go outside on a windy day, wear sunglasses with safety shields on the tops and sides to protect your eyes. Also, directing hair dryers and fans toward your eyes.
2. Give Your Eyes a Break
Take brief breaks every 10 minutes while reading or working on the computer to give your eyes a chance to rest. While doing so, close your eyes gently and open them again a few times. Make it a point to blink frequently too, as this will help moisturize your eyes.
3. Take Care of Your Eyelids
You can apply a warm compress over your eyes to improve the quality of your tears. Doing this releases oils from your eyelid glands to activate tear production. Also, wash your eyelids using a clean washcloth dampened with soapy water. Rinse thoroughly right after.
4. Supplement Your Diet
Dry eye symptoms can be managed through diet supplements, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. You can obtain these compounds in capsule form, or through consuming food like salmon, sardines and other oily fish. Be sure to ask your eye doctor for guidance.
5. Use Artificial Tears
Watery artificial tears provide quick relief with little to no blurring of your vision. Gel-like tears provide longer-lasting lubrication. Your eye doctor can recommend the best option for your particular needs.
Elite Vision Care is an eye care center providing a full spectrum of services to our patients, from comprehensive eye exams to glaucoma treatment. Call (281) 205-0002 to schedule an appointment with us today. We serve League City, TX, and surrounding areas.