What is dry eye?
Dry eye happens when your eye doesn’t make enough tears to stay wet, or when your tear doesn’t work correctly, This can make your eyes feel uncomfortable, and in some cases, it can also cause vision problems.
Dry eye is a common problem that affects millions of people every year. The good news is that if you have a dry eye, there are lots of things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and stay comfortable.
What are the symptoms of dry eye?
- A scratchy feeling, like there’s something in your eye
- Stinging or burning feelings in your eye
- Red eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
Things that we should do for dry eye.
- The most common treatment for mild dry eye is a type of eye drops called artificial tears. You can get these eye drops without a prescription. Some over-the-counter moisturizing gels and ointments may help your eyes feel better.
- If your dry eye is more serious, your eye doctor may give you medicines that make your eyes wet and eject tears.
- If something in your life or your environment is causing your dry eye, or making it worse, your doctor may suggest changes to help protect your eyes. For example, if a medicine you take for another health condition is causing dry eye, your doctor may also suggest that you try a different medicine.
Your eyes may also feel better if you:
- Try to avoid smoke, wind, and air conditioning
- Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home from getting too dry
- Limit screen time and take breaks from staring at screens
- Wear wraparound sunglasses when you’re outside
- Drink plenty of water — try for 8 to 10 glasses every day
- Get enough sleep — about 7 to 8 hours a night
Follow your doctor’s instructions for using your eye drops (over-the-counter or prescription)
Tell your doctor if dry eye is getting in the way of everyday activities