Dry, irritated eyes can be an annoying distraction from your everyday life. What causes them? Many factors, but they all basically boil down to one thing - your tears.


When your eyes aren't producing enough tears, or your tears don't have the correct chemical composition, it will result in dry eyes. That's because in order for your eyes to remain healthy, your eyes continuously produce a fresh layer of tears.

DRY EYES AND HOW TO SOOTHE THEM

Some common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Environmental factors, such as dry air from heating or air conditioning, or even a long flight in an airplane without enough air circulation
  • Reduced blinking and eye strain from working too closely in front of a computer or after long durations.
  • Prescription drugs, especially antihistamines, diuretics and anti-anxiety pills
  • Hormonal changes that alter the production of a normal tear film

What can you do about your dry eyes?


Many cases of dry eyes can be solved with simple at-home or over-the-counter treatments, as recommended by the Mayo Clinic.1

Johnson&Johnson's eye care products are made from natural occurring substance that our eyes produced and can treat dry and irritated eyes almost instantly. Also suitable for contact lens wearers.  In addition, here are some everyday eye care tips that can be useful for you.

Wash your eyes

If you have a condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids, it might help to practice regular eyelid hygiene to prevent reoccurrence of the condition again. For detailed instructions on eyelid hygiene, please refer to our other article, Reducing Eyelid Inflammation.

Use artificial tears or eyedrops?

For some people, using an over-the-counter eye lubricating solution may reduce dry eye symptoms altogether. These products are designed to restore your tears when you blink.

Add supplements

Research has shown that taking omega-3 supplements or increasing omega-3 in your diet (e.g. by eating tuna) may support normal tear production, helping to alleviate dry eye symptoms.2

Change your work habits


Change your work habits

If you spend most of your day at a computer, try to look away from your screen a few times each hour and remember to blink while working. Be sure to remain hydrated as dehydration can worsen the symptoms of dry eyes.

See a doctor

If the above simple measures don't work, it's time to get in touch with an eye doctor for further assistance.

These simple tips can help gradually improve your eye health if practiced regularly. Alternatively, you may seek an eye care professional for more tips and tricks.





References
1 Diseases and Conditions: Dry Eyes (2012, August 4). In Mayo Clinic. Retrieved March 24, 2014, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20024129.
2 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; Eye World: Dry Eye Omega-3 Acids Thought to Benefit Dry-Eye Patients. http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=3385

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