Many people look forward to the warmer weather of spring and summer. However, for some, the increase in temperature also signals the return of dry eyes. Burning or itching, redness, hazy vision and gritty or dry sensations are all common symptoms of dry eye and can cause discomfort for those that are prone to the condition.
There can be an increase in symptoms at this time of year because of the prevalence of fans and air conditioners that can dry out eyes and also an increase in sunlight can exacerbate symptoms. Fortunately, there are a few things that can help alleviate symptoms.
Use Artificial Tears
Eye drops specifically designed for dry eyes can provide some relief. Just make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and to consult with an optometrist if you have any questions or concerns.
Protecting your eyes from harmful sunlight can help alleviate symptoms of dry eyes and can help protect vision from cataracts, macular degeneration and even corneal sunburn. Just make sure that the sunglasses you choose block 99% – 100% of both UVA and UVB light.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Your diet can also help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids—like salmon and flaxseed—can help keep eyes lubricated. Drinking water can also help keep your eyes hydrated.
Dry eyes can be frustrating but can usually be managed. If you find that symptoms are preventing you from enjoying daily activities, you’ll want to make an appointment to see an eye doctor as soon as possible.
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