No, there’s nothing seriously wrong, but there’s certainly nothing right, either.
On bad days, life can become an itchy, scratchy irritation one just has to get through.
That’s no way to live life!
Luckily, just because your eyes are dry doesn’t mean you have to live with it.
More Than Just Dry
While the primary symptom of dry eyes is obvious, it’s not the only symptom. If you’re experiencing any of these, it counts and there are steps you can take…
- Eyes are dry, scratchy, and even painful
- Feels like there’s something in your eyes
- Mucus in or around your eyes
- Increased and unexplained sensitivity to light
- Tired eyes
- Blurry vision
Any or all of these can be caused when your tear glands simply don’t make enough tears to keep your eyes well-lubricated.
And what’s changed? Why are your tear glands not working as efficiently as they once did?
Any number of reasons could cause that shift. These are just a few of them:
- Getting older
- New medications
- Environmental influences
If this sounds like you, keep reading, because there are ways you can counteract your eyes being dry.
Easy Treatments When Your Eyes are Dry
- Pay attention to your environment. Smoke, dust, even wind can affect your eyes. Do what you can to avoid smoke and dust. Consider a humidifier, to help keep the air from becoming too dry. When you’re outside, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from blowing wind as much as from sun.
- Get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. They can help reduce the inflammation that can cause dry eyes. Load up on salmon, herring, walnuts, and other sources of these healthy fats. While you’re at it….
- Avoid the unhealthy fats. Fat found in processed and fried foods are just bad for your overall health. Because they also interfere with the way your body processes the good fats that your eyes need, they can contribute to your eyes feeling dry.
- Consider all-natural eye drops. When your eyes are dry, it could be tempting to reach for traditional eye drops, but resist that urge. Even if they feel good in the moment, traditional eye drops will only make your eyes drier. However, there are all-natural eye drops that can help relieve the dryness without adding preservatives and other chemicals you really don’t want in your eyes.
- Avoid added and processed sugar. Eating more than eleven teaspoons of sugar a day is believed to cause dry eyes. Make sugary foods an occasional treat, not an everyday occurrence.
- Don’t forget to blink. As impossible as this sounds, people really do blink less when they’re concentrating, especially on the computer. Make sure you blink – and blink completely – no matter how engrossing your work is.
- Use a wet compress. When your eyes are dry, it’s important to keep them clean and clear of any minuscule particles that might have gathered around your eyes and in your lashes. It’s also important to rest your eyes. This step accomplishes both. Take a warm, wet washcloth, and apply it to your closed eyes for five minutes. Replace it as it cools, if you wish. By doing this, you will loosen and wipe away any debris, and give your eyes a five to ten minute rest every day.
- Check your medications. Certain medications can cause dry eyes. If feeling like your eyes are dry coincided with a new prescription or a change in dose, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. It may be resolved that easily.
The best news is that you probably don’t need to go see a doctor.
If there are other concerning symptoms, if these symptoms don’t clear up in a few days, or if you’ll just feel better about it, then absolutely talk with your doctor.
Otherwise, give these steps a try. You may discover that your eyes aren’t dry much longer!