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Dry eyes: why you shouldn’t suffer in silence

Dry eye syndrome or keratoconjunctivitis sicca has a full suite of unpleasant symptoms.

Itchy, tired and red eyes are the most obvious, but dry eyes can even reduce how well you see by disrupting the way light passes through the eye’s surface.

Without intervention, the syndrome can lead to surface damage. Dry eye syndrome occurs when your natural tear production is disrupted. Good quality tears contain a specific formula that allows them to coat and hold to the eye’s surface, preventing them from evaporating too quickly or being sticky.

Your environment, lifestyle, hormones, medications and age (50+) can all affect the tear production cycle. Over-the-counter drops to “wet” the eyes may provide short-term relief, but they can further frustrate the syndrome.

Tips to prevent and heal dry eyes

To stop the cycle of dry eyes, here are a few things you can try today to help your eyes recover and prevent dry eyes.

  1. Incorporate more vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Grab a handful of walnuts or add broccoli and carrots to your dinner plate.
  2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  3. Ensure the air in your home isn’t too dry by using a humidifier.
  4. Limit your screen time and take frequent breaks when using your phones, tablets, computers etc.
  5. Do not smoke!

To learn more about what causes dry eye syndrome and what you can do to protect and restore your essential tear film, visit IRIS’ website for their top 10 tips to relieve dry eyes.

If you aren’t sure if you have dry eye syndrome or you require further information, book an appointment with your optometrist.

IRIS is a trusted partner of the RTOERO Foundation.