8 Ways To Best Treat Dry Eyes
So you or someone you love has dry-eye syndrome. Now what? What are the best ways to treat dry eyes? Here at Vision Source Meadville, we treat many of our patients for dry-eye, and we’ve discovered that their are several treatments which may significantly improve your dry eyes, or at least manage your symptoms. Below are eight of our doctor-reccommended treatment options:
Eight Ways To Best Treat Dry Eyes:
1. Use A Humidifier
Might seem like a simple fix, but just hydrating the air around you can help your eyes and eyelids immensely!
2. Apply Warm Compresses
Every morning when you wake up, get a washcloth as hot as you can without burning yourself. Use it to gently massage around your eyes, cleaning your top and bottom lids. This will help to express the important glands on your eyelids that allow healthy oils to coat your eyes and make them comfortable. It will also help dissolve and wash away those “crusties” you may sometimes wake up with.
3. Treat Dry Eyes With Artificial Tears
Using a good artificial tear can help to lubricate your eye when your own natural tears aren’t enough. The great thing about artificial tears is that you can use them as many times a day as seems necessary for you as an individual. Make sure you get a good quality over the counter drop, such as Systane or Refresh tears. Artificial tears are one product where off brands don’t usually get the job done!
4. Incorporate Healthy Fats And Omega 3s Into Your Diet
Treat your dry eyes and the rest of your body right with healthy nutrients! When eaten as a regular part of your diet, healthy Omega 3s and fats can greatly improve your tear film. Many of these Omega 3s are found in fish and other kinds of seafood. If, however, you are like some of us who don’t particularly like this genre of the food pyramid, taking a good fish oil supplement may be a good option. Here at Vision Source Meadville, we have these dry eye supplements available for purchase.
5. Give Your Eyes Consistent Breaks Throughout The Day
Things like computer work and reading are known to dry our eyes out more. Any project where you find yourself staring or concentrating for long periods of time inherently means you are most likely blinking less often than you normally do. Take scheduled breaks throughout your workday to rest your eyes, and try to be as conscious as possible about deliberately blinking.
6. Ask Your Optometrist To Prescribe You Drops
If you come to a point where you have exhausted natural remedies and you’re still struggling to control the symptoms of dry-eye syndrome, it may be time to talk with your eye doctor about prescription drops. Stronger medicated drops such as Restasis or Xiidra drops can often help treat dry eyes when over the counter tears do not provide enough relief.
7. See An Ophthalmologist To Consider Punctal Plugs
Punctal plugs are actually silicone plugs than can be inserted into the puncta, which are the minuscule holes in our lower eyelids close to our nose. Normally, this holes act as a drain for excess tears. But in the case of someone who has dry eyes, they may need their own natural tears to stay on their eyes longer. Your eye doctor can refer you to an opthalmologist who will be able to insert these small plugs for you.
8. Talk To Your Eye Doctor About Scleral Lenses
Many optometrists work with specialty contact lenses called scleral lenses. These lenses are specifically designed to help people who struggle with dry-eye syndrome. They actually hold a small resivoir of saline solution on the eye throughout the day, keeping your eye hydrated and your vision more clear. This is a particularly exciting option for people who would love to wear contacts but cannot wear normal ones due to the discomfort of their dry eyes. Here at Vision Source Meadville, Dr. Mitchell has fit several of his patients with scleral lenses. Click here to set up and appointment with him!
Lots of people struggle with dry-eye syndrome, but it is manageable! Don’t keep living uncomfortably; try some of these simple remedies or give us a call to be evaluated for how you can treat your dry eyes.