With winter ending, that means the cold is leaving, but it's time to welcome allergy season. During colder months, dry eye can cause some serious irritation with your eyes. However, dry eye sticks around during the spring as well. There are three tried and true methods to keep dry eye from drying up your social life.
- Tears are made up of many elements, including oil. When people blink, they wipe that protective layer of oil over the surface of their eye – and that helps keep eyes moist. Ideally this happens about 14 to 18 times a minute. But put a screen or book in front of someone, and blinking actually slows down. One solution is to remind yourself to blink more using something as low-tech as a sticky note. Or try an app that reminds you to give your eyes a break, following the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes for 20 seconds, look at an object at least 20 feet away
- EAT MORE FISH AND NUTS
- Your eye glands pump out tears that contain oils similar to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. There is some evidence that eating foods rich in fatty acids can help replenish the oils in your eye, too. So try adding walnuts and fish such as salmon to your diet. If you are allergic to nuts or don't love fish, no problem. Swallow a fish oil supplement to get your fill of good fats.
- Hot, dry air circulating indoors can absolutely desiccate your eyes. Turning on a desktop humidifier can help keep the local moisture in your work cubicle or home at a more comfortable level.