Dry Eyes can be excessively painful or a minor irritation. For some, dry eyes impede their ability to read, watch TV, or get work done on the computer. They may also be particularly uncomfortable in dry environments like airplanes. Tears lubricate the eye and are spread across the surface of the eye every time you blink. This action washes away debris and decreases the chance of infection. Even if your dry eyes aren’t due to a problem with tear production (or overproduction) your lifestyle could be contributing to your dry eyes instead.
Using Incorrect Eye drops
Artificial tears (eye drops) help soothe the eye by trying to make up for the tears that the eye fails to produce. They can go a long way in helping your eyes feel more comfortable. But not all eye drops are created equal. When choosing the type you’ll use, avoid the ones that proclaim to get rid of redness. These types of artificial tears have additional chemicals that will shrink the blood vessels, thus making your dry eyes worse. Your eye doctor will be able to recommend the best type to use.
Smoking or allergy medications
Cigarettes can take quite the toll on all parts of your body—including your eyes. Smoking or second hand smoke can make your eyes sting or feel scratchy. Allergy medications will diminish tear production.
Not using sun glasses
Many people fail to remember that the eyes require protection from the sun. Get a pair of sunglasses that fit closely on the face. Put them by the door so you can remember to grab them whenever you head outside for the day (even if its not sunny).
Too much screen time
The eyes require a break from staring at screens. If your job has you looking at a screen most of the day, try using the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at a point 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a rest and help energize them.