Living with dry eye can be a challenge, but the following tips are simple things you can do to help relieve some of the symptoms of dry eye:
- Use artificial tears.
- Avoid too much air movement. Fans, wind and hair dryers can make your eyes even drier, so you should limit your exposure to them.
- Use a humidifier in the winter. Heating your home in the winter often dries the air out, so use a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air.
- Give your eyes a rest. If reading or watching television makes your eyes feel dry, make sure you take frequent breaks. Remember the 20/20/20 rule.
- Avoid cigarette smoke. There are already a lot of good reasons not to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke, but cigarette smoke can irritate your dry eyes so stay away from it.
- Warm compresses and eyelid washing. Putting warm compresses on your eyes and then gently washing your eyelids with baby shampoo can help release the oil in your eyelids' glands, thus improving the quality of your tears.
- Consider an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Some people may find relief from dry eye by supplementing their diet with omega-3 fatty acids, which are found naturally in foods like oily fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies) and flax seeds.