Dry eyes are one of the most common ocular issues people suffer with. It is characterized as a chronic and progressive condition that might not be curable depending on the severity and cause. In most cases, dry eyes can be managed well enough to live comfortably, though. There are many treatment options when it comes to dry eyes since it can be the result of several causes. Here is a list of dry eye treatments that doctors recommend the most:
For mild dry eyes caused by reading, computer use, or schoolwork, the best treatment is simply using artificial tears or another lubricating eye drop. There are dozens of brands available without a prescription. They are typically classified by their viscosity or thickness. Artificial tears that have low viscosity are watery while types with high viscosity are like a gel. Low viscosity drops offer quick relief with little vision blurring, but its effects are often short-lived. High viscosity drops provide longer-lasting relief, but they can cause significant vision blurring. There are also different ingredients in artificial tears that can relieve various types of dry eye. Ask your doctor about which brand is right for your dry eyes.
Instead of (or in addition to) artificial tears, your doctor might recommend prescription eye drops called Restasis. This solution does more than just lubricate your eyes; it can also reduce inflammation and helps your body produce natural tears. The full effects of Restasis are not immediate though, and it will take at least three months of use to notice it. Some people may also experience a burning sensation in their eyes during the first few weeks of using it.
A relaxing way to treat dry eyes is by applying a warm compress on your eyelids. For this to work well, you need to use a compress that can stay at 42’C for at least 10 minutes and use it twice a day. It can be tricky to find a compress that can do this and to perform this treatment consistently on a daily basis.
There are some things you can do without the help of a doctor to help relieve mild dry eye symptoms. You could try blinking more frequently when staring at a computer or other digital devices. Remember to take breaks when staring at a screen for too long. A good rule is to look away from your screen every 20 minutes at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds, which is also called the 20-20-20 rule. Make sure to remove all eye makeup thoroughly every day since it can clog up the glands around your eyes. Even if you are not wearing makeup, you should still clean your eyelids each night before going to bed. Lastly, remember to wear quality sunglasses to keep your eyes protected from harmful UV rays and dust that can worsen dry eye symptoms.