Help for Your Dry Eyes

Did you know that about half of all adults in the United States have some degree of dry eyes? For some it’s a minor inconvenience, but for others with the chronic problem of dry eye syndrome, it can become a major issue that prevents them from fulfilling obligations or enjoying leisure time. 

The expert providers at Cooper Eye Care can help. Since dry eyes is a common problem, we’ve treated many patients and helped them live more comfortable lives. Here we present some of the ways our patients have found relief. 

What you can do at home

Any time you have an issue with your eyes, you should see an expert. Your vision is too important to put at risk. If your doctor has told you that you have dry eyes, or if your symptoms are mild and not constant, the following home remedies could be good options for relief. 

Run a humidifier

Especially during the winter, the dry air can aggravate your eyes. Getting a humidifier to add moisture to the air may help relieve the itchiness and irritation. 

Wear eye protection

When you’re outside in windy conditions, riding a bike, or enjoying the pleasure of a convertible with the top down, make sure you protect your eyes. Wind, or air movement, can make your eyes dry and irritated. 

Wash your eyelids

It may be helpful to apply a warm, wet cloth to your eyes and gently wash your eyelids and the rims of your eyes. This could help control inflammation and reduce irritation. 

Rest your eyes 

Screens aren’t great for your eyes. Watching TV or working at a computer can contribute to dry eyes symptoms. If you must use a computer all day, consider implementing the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a break. 

Enrich your diet

There’s some evidence that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of dry eyes. Foods like salmon, flax seed, and chia seed among many others contain omega-3 fatty acids. You might also consider a supplement. 

Artificial tears

Many people with dry eyes find relief in over-the-counter products like artificial tears. There are also creams and ointments that may help. If you’re not sure which product is likely to work best for you, talk to our staff. We’re happy to make recommendations based on your specific situation. 

Other treatments

If home remedies aren’t helping, there are numerous treatments we can provide, from prescription medications to surgical intervention. You may have an underlying condition that’s causing your dry eyes that needs to be addressed, or you may be taking a medication that causes dry eyes. 

It’s important for you to have a professional evaluation if your eyes don’t respond to your efforts at home. Dry eyes can become chronic, painful, and disruptive. There are treatments that can help. 

If you’d like to learn more, book an appointment at Cooper Eye Care, and our Brooklyn or Manhattan location. You can schedule at either online or by phone.

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