Dry Eyes Syndrome is an irritating issue that can affect as many as 40% of the population. It can often be prevented, but is almost always treatable. Read on to find top tips to prevent dry eyes.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
There are various causes of dry eyes. The most common causes can often be environmental and are therefore preventable. These can include;
• Dry air/environment caused by altitude, air conditioning, heaters, fans etc.
• Not drinking enough water.
• Any activities which cause visual concentration for long periods without a break – using a computer, watching the TV, reading, driving etc.
Various types of medication can cause many of the symptoms of dry eyes, including;
• Some forms of antidepressants
• Antihistamines and decongestants
• Some drugs used to treat high blood pressure or acne.
A decreased level of tear production is also a main cause of dry eye syndrome. This can occur naturally amongst specific groups of people. You may be susceptible to reduced tear production, if you fit one or more of the following demographic groups;
• Are older than 50
• Have problems with your eyelids that prevent you blinking properly/enough
• Have had laser eye surgery
• Are a postmenopausal woman
• Wear contact lenses
• Have a medical condition which can affect tear production, including; diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency.
• Have tear gland damage due to radiation or inflammation.
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• Take breaks during long tasks. Reading, driving, watching TV or visually concentrating for long periods of time can prevent your tears from spreading evenly across the eye ball, causing dry eyes. Prevent this by occasionally blinking slowly and repeatedly, or keeping your eyes shut for a minute or so.
• Avoid contact with any blowing air; air conditioned environments, heaters, fans, hair dryers, car heaters etc.
• Stay hydrated.
• Avoid smoke (cigarettes of open fire). Both will dry your eyes out.
• Add moisture to the air. A humidifier can add moisture to the dry indoor air caused by air conditioning or heaters.
• Be aware of your environment. Ambient air can be extremely dry at high altitudes, desert areas, and in airplanes.
• If you have to spend long periods of time looking at a computer/TV screen, position the screen below your eye level. Looking up at a screen forces you to open your eyes wider than normal.
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