What can dry eyes feel like?
What can cause dry eyes?
- Dry climate/weather
- Contact lenses
- Natural aging process
- Diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjögren’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.