Having dry eyes can be a real nuisance! This common condition is due to insufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye that can lead to uncomfortable and annoying symptoms, like:

- Sore or aching eyes
- Itchy or burning eyes
- Red eyes
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Sensation of having a foreign object in your eye
- Watery eyes (this symptom may sound unusual but your eyes may produce an excess of tears as a defence mechanism to dry eyes. However, this does not last long enough to help your condition.)

From subtle irritation to significant inflammation, untreated dry eyes can, in some cases, cause scarring to the surface of the eye. Even though this condition is not completely curable, the symptoms can be managed to reduce the effects of dry eyes. 

Some causes of dry eyes are out of your control, like certain health issues or the medications used to treat them, menopause, aging…to name a few. But you can try the following tips to help alleviate the symptoms:

Blink More Frequently!
We often blink a lot less when we use the computer or other digital devices. Remembering to blink more often and to take breaks when using the computer or your digital device will provide moisture to your eyes.
Consider Wearing Blue Light Filtering Glasses
These types of glasses block out the blue light emitted from your digital devices. Overexposure to this blue light will cause your eyes to become dry.

Add More Omega-3 to Your Diet
Eating more foods with omega-3 fatty acids helps reduce inflammation that may be the cause for your dry eyes. Plus, bonus, you get to try out this delicious salmon recipe. If salmon isn’t your favourite, you can always opt for omega-3 supplements.

Use Warm Compresses
Placing a warm compress over your eyes will help release oils that your eyes naturally secrete contributing to a well-lubricated eye.

Check Your Environment
Heating systems, air conditioners and ceiling fans have a tendency to dry out our eyes. It may be beneficial for you to add some humidity to the air in your home during the winter months with a humidifier and to make sure that your eyes are not directly exposed to the cold air from your AC unit or from your ceiling fan.

Remove Your Eye Makeup
Makeup can clog up the pores around your eyes, so it is important to thoroughly remove it.   

Wear Quality Sunglasses
UV rays are harmful to your eyes and it can cause them to become dry. It is extremely important to take care of your eyes when you are exposed to the sun. A good quality pair of sunglasses is the perfect solution!  

Stop Smoking!
This is not only beneficial to your overall health, but your eyes will regain some of their moisture. Cigarettes tend to change the quality of your tears, which in turn will lead to your eyes being dry.

Take a Break From Your Contact Lenses!
Although they may be really convenient in your daily life, contact lenses can contribute to dry eye syndrome. We recommend alternating between wearing your glasses and contact lenses. Your glasses will give your eyes a well-deserved lubricating break.

Fake Tears
These over-the-counter bottled tears will help temporarily relieve your symptoms.  

Even though all of these tips can help manage the symptoms, make sure that your eyes get the proper care they deserve. Your eye doctor is the best person to determine whether the symptoms you are feeling are due to dry eyes or if another condition is the cause. Once the diagnosis is made, your optometrist will advise you on the treatment or combination of treatments specific for you. 

Book your eye exam appointment today!