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What can I do to prevent dry eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that can cause discomfort, irritation, and even affect your vision if left untreated. While there are various causes of dry eye, there are also several proactive steps you can take to prevent it and keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.

1. Blink Regularly

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to prevent dry eye is to blink regularly, especially when focusing on screens or reading for extended periods. Blinking helps distribute tears evenly across the surface of the eyes, keeping them moist and lubricated.

2. Take Breaks During Screen Time

If you spend a lot of time in front of digital screens, whether it's a computer, smartphone, or tablet, remember to take frequent breaks. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and prevent dryness associated with prolonged screen time.

3. Maintain Proper Eyelid Hygiene

Practicing good eyelid hygiene can help prevent blockage of the meibomian glands, which produce the oily component of tears. Use a warm compress or washcloth to gently massage the eyelids and promote the secretion of oils that help stabilize the tear film.

4. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help keep your body hydrated, including your eyes. Dehydration can contribute to dry eye symptoms, so be sure to drink enough fluids, especially in dry or arid environments.

5. Use Artificial Tears

If you're prone to dry eye or experience symptoms like dryness, irritation, or redness, consider using over-the-counter artificial tears or lubricating eye drops. These can provide temporary relief by supplementing natural tear production and restoring moisture to the eyes.

6. Wear Protective Eyewear

When outdoors, particularly in windy or dusty conditions, wearing wraparound sunglasses or goggles can help protect your eyes from environmental irritants and reduce tear evaporation.

By incorporating these simple strategies into your daily routine, you can help prevent dry eye and maintain optimal eye health. However, if you continue to experience persistent dry eye symptoms despite these preventive measures, come see us! Remember, taking proactive steps to care for your eyes can go a long way in preventing discomfort and preserving your vision in the long term.

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