Posted by: Aker Kasten Eye Center in Eye Conditions on June 15, 2018
Many eye problems are minor and often heal on their own. Eyestrain, red eyes, and dry eyes, all have reasonable and simple solutions for improvement.
Working at a computer for hours, staring at your smart device, reading for a long time or driving long distances can all create eyestrain. Eyestrain happens when your eyes are overused. Just like the rest of the body, they can get tired and require rest and relaxation. If your eyes feel overworked, give them some time off to recoup. For instance, if you work at the computer for several hours a day, use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet a way for 20 seconds and blink several times. This will break up the monotony of staring at a screen.
Do your eyes look blood shot? The surface of the eye is full of blood vessels that will expand if something irritates them, resulting in a red eye appearance. Allergies, no sleep, late nights, and eye strain can all contribute to red eye. Red eye may actually be conjunctivitis (pink eye), which is an entirely different problem. Sun damage can also create a red eye look due to not wearing sunglasses for years. If over the counter eye drops and proper rest fail to clear up your red eye, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
When the eyes fail to make enough tears, dry eye is the result. Dry eye can feel like something is stuck in your eye or create a burning sensation. Specific treatments include the following: using a humidifier in your bedroom, eye drops, tear duct plugs to decrease drainage, nutritional supplements with omega-3 and fish oil, or testosterone eyelid cream.
Schedule a consultation
If you demonstrate any of the symptoms connected to eyestrain, red eyes, or dry eye try out some of the home remedies mentioned to see what works for you. If you do not feel or see an improvement within a few days, arrange a consultation with Aker Kasten Eye Center. You can reach our office located in Boca Raton, Florida, by calling (561) 338-7722.