Wednesday, November 05, 2008

How to reduce the discomfort from dry eye?

-Good hydration: Drink plenty of water, reduce caffeine intake.
-Protect the eyes from harsh weather conditions like wind and dust.
-Environmental control (minimize impact of heat and air-conditioning by turning down, redirecting vents, etc.)
- Avoid smoky environments or quitting smoking if you smoke.
- Identify and replace (if possible) medications which are causing exacerbating dry eye.
-When watching TV, using the computer or other eye straining activities, take breaks.
- Make a conscious effort to blink frequently- especially when reading.
- Eat healthy food containing eye nutrients especially with vitamin A, C and E.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

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