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Dry Eye Syndrome (cont.)

Are There Home Remedies for Dry Eye Syndrome?

To help alleviate your symptoms from DES, you may want to try these self-help tips at home.

  • A humidifier puts more moisture in the air. With more moisture in the air, your tears evaporate more slowly, keeping your eyes more comfortable. Both furnaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer decrease the humidity in the air.
  • Avoid exposure to excessive air movement by decreasing the speed of ceiling fans and/or oscillating fans. Outdoors, block wind with good wrap-around sunglasses.
  • Large amounts of dust, smoke, pollution, or other particulate matter in the air may worsen the symptoms of dry eye. In those situations, an air filter may be helpful.
  • People with meibomian gland dysfunction, rosacea, or blepharitis will be instructed to use warm compresses and do daily eyelid scrubs with baby shampoo to improve the quality of the oily layer. The heat warms the oil in the oil glands, making it flow more easily. The cleansing also reduces the odds that the oil glands will become obstructed by debris. Artificial tear drops, gels, and ointments (available over the counter) help provide more moisture and lubrication. They can be used as often as needed. Preservative-free solutions are recommended if you use artificial tears more than four times a day. There is no single brand of over-the-counter drop that is best for everyone. They come in different formulations and textures, varying from thin and watery to thick and oily. Each individual will determine which drop provides the most relief from symptoms. Some drops may have a longer effect than others.
  • For patients who wear contact lenses, special lens rewetting drops may be recommended by your doctor.
  • Lubricating eye ointments may temporarily blur your vision if used during the day. Therefore, they are typically used to lubricate the eyes overnight. If you notice your eyes are dry mainly while you are reading, taking frequent breaks to allow your eyes to rest is helpful. Closing your eyes for 10 seconds every 10 to 20 minutes will increase your comfort.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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