Dry eye disease is a common ailment in the fall, as the cooler temperatures tend to bring drier weather. To help maintain your visual health and comfort this season, follow these dry eye management tips from your trusted optometrist at Vienna Eyecare Center.
Use Artificial Tear Drops
Your tears keep your eyes lubricated. If the quality or quantity of your tears is compromised, you may develop dry eyes. Applying artificial tears can help. Just like natural tears, they contain oil, mucus, and water to improve your visual comfort. We may also prescribe certain medications, such as cyclosporine, to reduce inflammation in your tear glands, stimulating them to produce more tears.
Eat Nutritious Foods
According to your trusted eye doctor, omega-3 essential fatty acids help maintain moisture in your eyes. Coldwater fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna, are some great sources. If you are unable to eat these foods, we may recommend nutritional supplements for your improved eye health this season.
Apply a Warm Compress on Your Eyes
Another effective and simple way to manage dry eyes is to apply a warm compress on your eyes. The heat can help unclog blocked tear ducts, helping oil and tears flow freely. We recommend leaving the warm washcloth on your eyes for 30 seconds up to 4 minutes twice daily. Afterwards, gently massage your eyes These steps can help relieve your discomfort and prevent the problem from recurring, no matter the season.
Protect Your Eyes All the Time
Wearing safety goggles or wrap-around eyeglasses can also help reduce the effects of dry eyes. They can prevent dry winds from coming into contact with your eyes, minimizing your risk of developing dry eye syndrome.