Dry Eye FAQs

Medical Vision Institute

What can dry eyes feel like?

  • Dry
  • Hot
  • Sandy
  • Gritty
  • Watery
  • Irritated

 

What can cause dry eyes?

  • Dry climate/weather
  • Allergies
  • Contact lenses
  • Smoke
  • Pollution
  • Natural aging process
  • Diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sj√∂gren’s syndrome, &c.)

 

How can you alleviate dry eyes at home?

  • Take breaks often when reading or watching TV; close your eyes and do not rub
  • Avoid smoke and other eye irritants
  • Use wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun, wind, and grit
  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer to moisturize your bedroom; be sure to clean the machine well
  • Do not use fans while you sleep
  • If you usually wear contact lenses, use rewetting drops or wear glasses until dryness resolves
  • Take your medications exactly as prescribed; call your doctor if you think there is a problem
  • Try using artificial tears at least 4 times per day; if you need it more often, use preservative-free drops as they are less likely to irritate your eyes
  • Use a lubricating gel at bedtime as they are thicker and last longer while you sleep; be aware that they may cause blurred vision for a short time
  • Put a warm compress on your eyelids every morning for about 5 minutes, then massage your eyelids gently

 

How to put in drops:

  • Tilt head back and lower eyelid down with one finger
  • Place a drop of medication inside the lower lid, being careful not to touch the bottle to your eye
  • Close your eye for 30-60 seconds to let the medication spread

 

When should you call for help?

  • Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact a doctor if your eyes are still dry, irritated, or teary, or if the artificial tears do not help.

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