How To Prevent Dry Eyes By Making Simple Changes to Your Environment
If you have started to experience the early signs and symptoms of dry eyes, it is time to take action to do what you can to make things better for yourself and to try to prevent your symptoms from intensifying. Reducing the environmental causes is one of the best natural remedies for dry eyes. It can result in a significant improvement to your visual comfort.
If you feel by the end of your working day that your eyes are feeling tired and uncomfortable,
there are some changes you can make to help.
- Avoid air blowing in your eyes. Don’t direct heaters, air-conditioners or fans towards your eyes as this can increase the evaporation of the tear film.
- Add moisture to the air, a humidifier can add moisture to dry indoor air and reduce eye dryness
- Position your computer screen below eye level. If your screen is too high you’ll open your eyes wider to view the screen. Positioning it lower means you won’t have to open your eyes as wide and thereby reduce evaporation of your tears between blinks.
- Take eye breaks during long tasks. If you are reading or using a computer for long periods then remember to take periodic breaks. Close your eyes for a few minutes, or blink repeatedly for a few seconds to help spread your tears evenly over your eyes.
- Improve your blinking. It is easy to forget to blink when you are concentrating for a long period. If you are using a computer consider putting a piece of Blue-Tac on the return key of your keyboard, then every time you hit it, you have a reminder to blink. Also try downloading the Korb Blink app on your smartphone, this can train you to improve your blinking and remind you to practice at regular intervals.
HOME AND LEISURE
- Stop smoking and avoid smoke. If you smoke ask your GP for help devising a quit-smoking strategy that will most likely work for you. If you don’t smoke, stay away from people who do, smoke can greatly worsen dry eye symptoms.
- Be aware of your environment. The air at high altitudes, in aeroplanes or in desert areas, can be extremely dry. If you have to spend time in such an environment it may be helpful to frequently close your eyes for a few minutes at a time to minimise evaporation of your tears
- Consider wearing wraparound sunglasses or other protective eyewear. Safety shields can be added to the sides and tops of your glasses to block wind and dry air and increase humidity.
- Use drops regularly. If you have chronic dry eyes, use eye drops regularly even when your eyes feel fine to keep them well lubricated.