What’s Causing Your Dry Eyes?

At this time of year, when the elements are unpredictable and you’re exposed to wind, cold and indoor heating, the eyes can become irritated, dry and red. Whether it’s mild allergies or a serious underlying condition, eye irritation shouldn’t be ignored and requires immediate attention.

There are a number of conditions, including dry eye syndrome, allergies and ‘pink eye’, that could be at the root of your eye irritation. Most causes aren’t serious and can be treated with lifestyle tweaks and home remedies. However, if your eyes are causing you problems over a prolonged period of time, see your GP or eye doctor as soon as possible.

We’ve listed the common causes, symptoms and treatments, as well as ways your can reduce your risk. Say goodbye to eye irritation once and for all…

The symptoms

  • the eyes feel dry and/or gritty
  • redness
  • itching
  • eyelids stick together
  • blurred vision that improves when you blink

The causes

  • exposure to a hot or windy climate
  • wearing contact lenses
  • medical conditions e.g. blepharitis
  • hormonal changes e.g menopause
  • allergies
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • lack of sleep

The treatment 

How to reduce your risk

  • keep the eyes and eyelids clean – if you suspect that there’s something irritating your eye area, use a clean and moistened cloth to gently remove the object
  • protect the eyes from dusty,smoky, windy and dry environments
  • avoid eye strain at the computer, laptop and tablet, and keep blinking (when we stare at a screen we blink less, resulting in dry eyes)
  • use a humidifier to keep the air moist
  • eat a diet rich in Omega-3 fats (available in foods such as flaxseed oil, fish oil and walnuts)
  • keep contact lenses clean or try daily disposable contacts

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