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How do I Cope with Dry Eye Syndrome?

Woman suffering dry eye in Edmonton

5 Tips to Help Relieve Your Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eyes are a common, irritating eye condition. Caused by an insufficient amount of tears in your eyes or poor quality tear composition, eyes are often red and sore, with a scratchy feeling. While there is no foolproof cure for dry eyes we can manage your condition and help alleviate your pain and discomfort. If you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, please contact us for a consultation- Dr. Nolt is a Dry Eye Specialist. He’ll evaluate your eyes and recommend the most suitable dry eye treatment to bring you comfort.

There are a number of effective ways to soothe your dry eyes.

Here are five beneficial tips to help you find relief from dry eye symptoms.

  1.    Keep eye drops accessible.

Many types of artificial tears are available over-the-counter, without a prescription, and they are good at providing short-term relief. It may take some trial and error until you find the brand that works best for you. Preservative-free brands are ideal, especially if you find yourself reaching for the dropper more than once every two hours.

Ointments and gels are best for more severe cases of dry eyes, yet their thicker consistency may also blur your vision – so it’s best to apply these before sleep. Ask Dr. Nolt for help- he will be able to recommend the most effective brands for you to use, given the nature of your dry eyes condition.

  1.    Stay out of the path of strong air currents.

Wind, fans, a/c or heating vents and even hair dryers are all to blame for drying out eyes. It’s worthwhile to invest in a pair of wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from our local, dry environment.

  1.    Improve and re-moisturize your home or work atmosphere.

When you’re indoors and surrounded by the heating in winter and cooling in summer that we all enjoy, remember that a humidifier will be very effective at hydrating the air that surrounds you. This will slow down the rate of evaporation of your natural tears, thereby leaving your eyes with more lubricating moisture.

A high-quality air filter may also improve your interior environment by reducing dust and other irritants that bother eyes. Cigarette smoke is another known culprit of dry eyes, so it’s advised not to allow smoking in your home or near your work space!

  1.    Give your eyes a break.

Staring at a computer monitor or television screen, or reading for extended periods of time, can all dry out your eyes. Even driving long-distance journeys can have this effect. Reminding yourself to blink and giving your eyes some time to rest may facilitate your natural tear production. Keep in mind that normal, relaxed blinking occurs at a rate of six to 15 times per minute, yet when you’re concentrating on one target you’ll blink significantly less than this. Take blinking seriously.

  1.    Schedule regular eye exams with Doctor Nolt!

Dr. Nolt is a specialist at identifying and helping to treat Dry Eye Syndrome. In order to ease your symptoms most effectively, it’s important to have an eye exam performed to determine the cause of your condition.

In addition to environmental triggers, dry eyes can be caused by a number of problems – including side effects from other medications, specific health conditions, allergies and aging. By identifying the potential reasons for your case of dry eyes, we’ll be able to recommend the best treatments and strategies. A number of specialized remedies and procedures are now available to assist with relieving Dry Eye Syndrome.