Dry eye syndrome is more than just uncomfortable, it can impact your vision. It occurs when your tear glands don’t produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes and can be caused by both medical and environmental factors. Read on to learn some tips for managing dry eyes.
Fortunately, in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully. Here are some tips , from the telehealth experts at If you suspect you might have a thyroid condition, speak to a registered Australian doctor online or on the phone by contacting 13 DOCTOR.
The most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:
- Dry, scratchy and painful sensation in both eyes
- Mucus in or around your eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Fatigued eyes
- Blurred vision.
There are many factors that can cause dry eyes including:
- Certain medications or medical conditions
- Environmental factors
How to manage dry eyes?
It is important to protect your eyes in environments that may damage them. In windy or sunny areas, wear a pair of sunglasses to reduce the risk of your eyes drying out. Also avoid exposing yourself to cigarette smoke. If you are working at a computer screen, reading or watching television, make sure to give your eyes a rest and remember to blink frequently.
Eye drops are an easy way to lubricate your eyes, and you can usually access these without a script. Changing your diet to include more omega-3 fatty acids may also help manage dry eyes.
Look out for additional symptoms such as redness and swelling, eye injuries, pain beyond irritation, flaking or discharge from the eye, dry mouth, or joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
We hope you got some value from our tips for managing dry eyes. If these remedies don’t work and your symptoms persist, you can speak to a registered doctor online or over the phone through a telehealth consultations with 13 DOCTOR.