Tips for Healthy Eyes
Every part of the body needs attention and care – especially our eyes! Below are helpful tips to ensure you are always taking the best care of your eyes.
- Visit your optometrist annually! The easiest way to prevent blindness or serious vision problems is to have regular, comprehensive eye exams.
- Always make sure your hands are clean before touching your eyes. This will help decrease the transfer of dirt, or other substances, to your eyes as well as prevent irritation and infection.
- Avoid reading in dark or dim lighting, which strains your eyes.
- For those who wear makeup, be sure to remove it before going to bed. This safeguards against makeup getting caught in the eye and causing irritation or infection.
Tips for Battling Dry Eye
- Artificial Tears
Artificial tears are lubricant eye drops that are used to treat the dryness and irritation in your eye. They are available without prescription. You should try a few brands before choosing which best suits you, and they should be applied before bedtime. Some brands include Visine, CIBA Vision, and Allergan Refresh.
- Avoid Increased or Abundant Air Movement
Including hair dryers, fans, and too much wind. If you are outside and can not avoid a lot of wind, wear a pair of wrap around sunglasses.
Use a Humidifier in the Winter
Heat makes air dry, so by using a humidifier moisture will be put back into the air.
- Give Your Eyes a Rest
Reading, watching TV, and using a computer for prolonged periods of time, can sometimes make your eyes dry. If this happens, make sure to give your eyes a break to prevent them from drying out.
- Avoid Cigarette Smoke
Smoking increases the risk of dry eye.
- Use Warm Compresses and Eyelid Washing
Doing this helps increase the oil in your eyelid’s glands and will improve the quality of tears.
- Consider Supplements
They’re helpful in relieving dry eye. Try an Omega 3 fatty supplement which can be purchased over the counter at Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.
Contact lens wearers need to take special care of their eyes and should always:
- Wash hands and dry with a lint free towel before putting in or removing contacts
- Follow the instructions when cleaning your lenses. Clean and disinfect lenses each time you remove them and store in contact case.
- Make sure to change your lenses often. A two-week pair of lenses that has been over-worn can cause irritation, dry eye and infection.
- Be careful not to allow other substances not intended for the eyes, such as cosmetic soaps, to come into contact with your lenses.
- Contacts may cause dryness! Keep a bottle of artificial tears with you to re-wet your eyes and avoid irritation.