Dry eye syndrome (DES) can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition to live with, but luckily there are practical steps you can take to soothe dry eye symptoms.
Lowy & Sewell Eye Care, located in Concord, treats dry eye syndrome and other eye conditions. Here are 3 tips to ease DES until you can see your eye doctor:
#1 Incorporate Omega-3 Fatty Acids Into Your Diet
Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for people suffering from dry eye syndrome.
Found in fish oil and other supplements, these fatty acids increase tear production and decrease inflammation.
Remember that you should always consult your physician before starting a new supplement or changing your diet.
#2 Blink Frequently
Blinking helps spread tears evenly across the eye’s surface.
Unfortunately, people who spend a lot of time reading a book or looking at computers or other digital devices tend to blink much less often.
Taking frequent screen breaks and resting your eyes will help you blink more often. Plus, be sure that when you blink, your eyes close all the way.
#3 Avoid Dry or Windy Conditions
Dry air can pull moisture from the eyes, which can make dry eye symptoms worse.
If you can, avoid spending time in dry environments with low humidity, such as air-conditioned rooms. When that’s not possible, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
Wearing sunglasses or goggles can also help keep your eyes from drying out.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
Although using the above tips can be effective, it's also important to see an eye doctor if you're experiencing persistent dry eye symptoms. They’ll determine what the underlying cause of your dry eye is and create an appropriate treatment plan.
If you have a medical condition that’s causing your dry eye symptoms, such as lupus or Sjogren's syndrome, your eye doctor can recommend a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. If your dry eye is caused by certain medications, such as antihistamines for allergies, ask your physician about switching medications.
Additionally, if you have a blocked meibomian (oil) gland, then a procedure called punctal occlusion, where the tear ducts are closed to keep moisture in the eyes, can be considered.
Dry Eye Treatments in Concord
Dry eye can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition to deal with, but by following the tips above, you can ease the symptoms.
Schedule an appointment with your Lowy & Sewell Eye Care eye doctor in Concord for a dry eye evaluation and personalized treatment plan.
Our practice serves patients from Concord, Thornhill, North York, and Bathurst Manor, Ontario and surrounding communities.