Avoiding Dry-Eye Triggers

Stephanie Marioneaux, M.D. | Aug 3rd 2016

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Try these tips

Do you suffer from chronic dry eye? Redness, gritty discomfort, excessive tearing and blurred vision can take a toll on your quality of life. But avoiding irritants and taking steps to soothe eyes can help relieve discomfort.

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Combat dry air

Use a humidifier year-round to combat dry air from both heat and air conditioning, which can irritate eyes.

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Keep out the elements

Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound shades, to act as a barrier to sun and wind.

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Blink often

Remember to blink often when you’re staring at a computer or video screen. Keep your computer screen below eye level and take regular breaks.

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Compress

Place hot compresses—a moist washcloth or cotton balls—over your eyes. You can also try an over-the-counter eyelid cleaner. If your dry eye is associated with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), gently massaging your closed lids after applying compresses may help improve the glands’ function by aiding in the release of meibum.

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Stay away

Avoid smoky, dusty, windy and dry environments.

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Drink up

Stay hydrated by drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day.

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