Dry eye syndrome comes with uncomfortable symptoms; pain, blurring of vision, itching, and redness are just some of them. When you have this condition, it means your eyes are not producing enough tears or the quality of your tears are not good enough. Anyone can have dry eyes and it can even turn into a chronic problem as a person ages.
Here at our Lincoln eye care practice, Dr. Forgey provides treatment to patients with dry eyes and other conditions that affect the eyes. Dr. Forgey also encourages patients to prevent symptoms from appearing by following these simple tips.
Give your eyes a break. Take regular breaks when watching TV or reading. Allow your eyes to rest and blink more often to evenly spread your tears and to regain moisture that your eyes have lost. If you are in front of the computer most of the day, be sure to take a break now and then.
Stay away from cigarette smoke. If you are a smoker, quit the habit. If you do not smoke, you still need to stay away from second-hand smoke. Cigarette smoke can irritate the eyes and worsen your symptoms. Moreover, your risk of having dry eyes increases if you smoke.
Be mindful of your environment. When travelling by plane, it helps to close your eyes for a couple of minutes to minimize the evaporation of tears. During winter, it is advisable to add a humidifier to add moisture to the air inside your home.
Avoid blowing air into your eyes. Avoid directing hair dryers, fans, and air conditioners toward the eyes. This can make eyes even drier. If you are planning to go out on a windy day, be sure to wear sunglasses to minimize the chances of wind blowing straight into the eyes.
If you want to learn more about dry eyes and receive appropriate treatment, give us a call today at (402) 483-2323 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Forgey. We’d love to hear from you!