Dry eye syndrome, or DES, occurs because your tears evaporate too quickly or your body does not produce enough tears. This syndrome affects a large percentage of the population and is more common in the over 40 age group. Dry eyes can also be the result of watching too much television or spending long periods in front of a computer screen. Reading for long periods can also lead to DES. All of these activities cause you to blink less which leads to excessive evaporation of tears. If you experience grittiness, redness or itching of the eyes, you may have DES. Sensitivity to light and blurred vision are other symptoms of DES. Dry eyes can be treated in several different ways.
Use a humidifier
If you are exposed to air conditioning or heating, this will decrease the humidity in the air. Using a humidifier will put moisture back into the air, keeping your eyes more comfortable.
Sometimes the application of artificial tears or eye drops is recommended by eye care practitioners. There are lots of different eye drops available, all at different prices, so if your practitioner does recommend drops, you should compare costs so that you don’t overpay.
Avoid windy or smoky places which can cause eye irritation. When outdoors, make sure you wear proper sunglasses that give protection from ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses will help protect the eyes and eyelids.
If doing a lot of computer work, make sure to lower the level of the monitor so your eyes are cast downwards. This will help prevent the evaporation of tears. Also make sure every 20 minutes you look away from the screen for 20 seconds. Focus on something 6 metres away for 20 seconds. Repeat throughout the day.
Keep up your fluid intake during the day to make sure your body, brain and eyes stay hydrated.
Avoid excessive air movement from ceiling and floor fans. Too much air movement can dry out your eyes.
Cleanse your eyes and help break down bacteria by applying a facecloth, immersed in hot water and then wrung out, over the entire eye area. This will help if you suffer from Blepharitis or gland dysfunction.
To prevent symptoms of dry eye and eye fatigue, try exercises such as palming, where cupped palms are placed over the eyes. Do this for a few minutes to relieve stress. Also try zooming. Extend your arms and tuhttp://www.mycharmedmom.com/wp-admin/post-new.php#rn out your thumbs like you are hitchhiking. Now bring your thumb towards your face. Do this for a few minutes throughout the day.
DES seems to be worse in windy climates with low humidity and high temperatures. When your eyes become dry and irritated, your eyes will actually initiate a reflex tearing action producing a large amount of tears at once to try and make your eyes moist. Because so many tears are produced at the one time, the excess will just pour down your cheeks, giving no help to your eyes at all. Take a look at http://dryeye.com.au for information on how to treat DES. Should you experience pain, blurred vision, gritty eyes or excessive tearing for long periods, you should consult an eye care specialist.