Many people experience having dry eyes, and while it often isn’t serious, there are ways to help. In this blog we will be answering two questions: ‘What are the symptoms of dry eye?’ and ‘How to treat dry eyes?’

What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eye

Before knowing how to treat dry eyes, you need to know the symptoms first. If you are wondering what are the symptoms of dry eye or what does dry eye feel like, check if your eyes are:

  • Red
  • Blurry
  • Sore
  • Itchy
  • Gritty
  • Sensitive to light
  • More watery than usual

Dry eyes can be caused if you are not able to make enough tears or your tears dry up quickly. This is more likely for someone who wears contact lenses, smokes or drinks alcohol, spends too long looking at a computer screen without sufficient breaks or is over 50 years of age. 

It can also be due to medical reasons, if you have a condition, such as blepharitis, Sjögren’s syndrome or lupus or if you take particular medicines, such as certain antidepressants or blood pressure medicines.

Your environment can as well play a role in causing dry eyes. If you are somewhere windy, cold, dry or dustry. Or if you are spending time somewhere that is heated or air conditioned.

How To Treat Dry Eyes

If you are interested to know how to treat dry eyes yourself, there are a few tips. Firstly, make sure to clean your eyelids every day and use a humidifier to prevent the air around you drying out. While using a computer, position your computer screen to just below eye level and take regular breaks to rest your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, take them out if you can and wear glasses instead to rest your eyes.

If you would like further advice, speak to your optician or pharmacist to ask how to clean and protect your eyes yourself. They can also provide guidance on anything which may be able to help, such as eye drops, ointments, gels or allergy medicines.

How an Optician Can Help

An optician may be able to guide you on how to treat dry eyes. Your optometrist will complete an analysis of a number of areas, including any medical conditions you have, ongoing treatments and more. They will also move onto an analysis of your tear production, quality and evaporation ratio before suggesting possible dry eye treatments.

If you are looking to go into more detail on the underlying cause of your dry eyes, speak to your optician about seeing an ophthalmologist.

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