As you get older a you may need to get a good pair of bifocal reading glasses, but you may also find you need to find effective dry eye relief. As we age it is common for tear production to decrease leading to dry eyes.
Besides the discomfort this can cause, it can also interfere with your vision. The good news is there are a few simple things you can do to relieve dry eyes.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Your body regularly produces tears not only to keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable, but also to protect them. A decrease in this regular tear production can cause dry eyes.
Tear production can decrease for a few different reasons. Aging is a common cause of decreased tear production as well as dry weather, allergies, contact lenses and cosmetics. Spending a lot of time at a computer causes computer vision syndrome, which causes dry eyes as well as eye strain. For tips on how to reduce computer eye strain read: How To Reduce Eye Strain
How To Get Dry Eye Relief
Here are some easy things you can to do to get relief for dry eyes:
- Wear sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses, or bifocal sunglasses, is an important way to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, but sunglasses can also help keep the wind from drying your eyes and decrease the evaporation of those moisturizing tears. Wraparound sunglasses offer the best protection
- Rest your eyes. If you spend a lot of time in on the computer remember to give your eyes a break. Focus your eyes on something away from the screen, preferably something about 8 feet or more away so you can refocus your eyes and reduce the strain that causes dry eyes. Also try to remember to blink regularly; most people blink less when they are staring at a computer monitor. Computer glasses, or prescription bifocal computer glasses, can also help reduce eye strain and prevent dry eyes.
- Feed your eyes. Eating eye healthy foods will help keep your eyes healthy and functioning properly. Look for foods high in vitamin A (carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato and cantaloupe), lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Increase humidity. Using a room humidifier can help relieve dry eyes, especially dry eyes caused by dry weather. This is especially important during the dry winter months.
- Check your medications. Check the side effects on your medications. Some medications can cause dry eyes including things like pain relievers, beta blockers, diuretics, antihistamines and diuretics. If you can’t get an alternative medication that won’t cause dry eyes, consider asking for lubricant eye drops to relieve dry eye symptoms.
When To See The Eye Doctor
In many cases using these tips or finding a specific dry eye treatment will help reduce the symptoms of dry eyes, but in some cases you should check with your doctor to make sure something else isn’t causing the problem. If you don’t get relief from dry eyes after a few days with self-treatment and if you have other symptoms like redness or pain make an appointment with your doctor.
In most cases dry eyes aren’t related to a health condition they simply cause discomfort. Following a few of these tips should help you find some dry eye relief and make you more comfortable.