Protect Your Eyes

Five ways you can prevent dry eyes.

Dry Eye Treatment

Taking care of your eyes is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body, but oftentimes, eye care isn’t a priority. If you’ve noticed an uncomfortable, itchy, or burning sensation in your eyes, you might be experiencing dry eyes. Dry eyes occur when tears aren’t providing adequate moisture, and while they can be pesky, there are ways to prevent dry eyes from happening to you.

How to Fix Dry Eyes? Add Moisture to Your Home

Just like your hands, when the air in your environment is dry, your eyes will be, too. But this is an easy fix — bring in a humidifier to the spaces you spend the most time at to help bring moisture back into your eyes.

Take Breaks 

Whether you’re reading a book, scrolling through your social media feeds, or answering emails, tasks that require a lot of visual concentration can cause a lot of strain. If you’re in the middle of a task that requires this focus, take breaks periodically and close your eyes for a few minutes at a time.

Use Protective Eyewear

When you’re outdoors, you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. You should also have protective eyewear that protects your eyes from windy days and dry air. Whether it’s wraparound sunglasses or protective shields, your eye doctor can help you determine what is best for your eyes.

Avoid Air Blowing Directly into Eyes

It’s natural to direct the vents in your car to hit you just right, especially on those freezing cold Missouri days, but be careful where your air vents are positioned. Air blowing directly into your eyes can dry out your eyes quickly, so the next time you get into your car, position your vents away from your eyes.

What to Do For Dry Eyes? Use Artificial Tears

If you’re struggling with dry eyes, artificial tears are an easy way to help keep your eyes moist. If you’re looking into eye drops, make sure they have no preservatives as this can irritate your eyes more.

If you’re experiencing dry eyes, contact your eye doctor today. At Bodenhamer Eye Consultants, we’re here to help you with whatever your eye care needs are. You can also learn more about what causes dry eyes by clicking here.