What can I do to help me cope with a dry eye condition?

There are a number of things you can do to help you cope with a dry eye condition, such as:

  • Use your prescribed eye drops regularly. Finding eye drops that work for you can make a huge difference.
  • Adjust your environment. Lowering temperature and using a humidifier may help, as central heating and air conditioning can worsen your symptoms.
  • Avoid dusty, windy and smoky areas or use wrap-around glasses when you are exposed to these environments.
  • Take rest periods and remember to blink often when you are using the computer, watching television and reading.
  • Try to have a healthy balanced diet, with flax seed as well as foods containing omega 3 and 6, such as oily fish, nuts, seeds, eggs, green leafy vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid using eye make-up when there’s infection or inflammation present.
  • If you wear contact lenses, have regular eye follow-ups. You may need a break from wearing contact lenses if your eyes are dry or explore different types of lenses which may be more suitable for dry eye.

Further information can be found on RNIB's dry eye webpage.

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