Questions about Dry Eyes?

Are you frequently using Artificial Tears? Do your eyes feel dry, itchy, or gritty? Does your vision get blurry sometimes? Do your eyes bother you when you're on your phone or computer? Do you wear contact lenses and feel irritated while wearing them? Do you avoid activities where you would have to use your eyes, such as reading or watching TV?

If so, you might be suffering from dry eyes.  But, don't fret! There are several options available to help! One, you could use the 20-20-20 rule.  This is where after working for 20 minutes, you take a 20 minute break and look at least 20 feet off in the distance.  Two, artificial tears at least four times a day.  Three, either Restasis or Xiidra.  These drops may help you get to the point where you don't have to use artificial tears as much.  Four, punctal plugs.  These are tiny silicone plugs that are inserted into the tear ducts to help keep your own tears in your eyes.

5 Risk Factors of Dry Eyes

  • 1. Women are at a higher risk than men
  • 2. Aging
  • 3. Wearing contact lenses
  • 4. Having LASIK or Cataract surgery
  • 5. Taking certain medications like antihistamines, which are allergy medications.
Bonnie Bradley