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Artificial tears bring relief from dry eye syndrome, caused by lack of enough natural tears. There are tear replacers in form of gels, drops, ointments and gel inserts. Choose a preservative-free brand if you use artificial tears more than 4 times a day
Sunglasses with wraparound frames protect eyes from sun and wind preventing tear evaporation. Ask your optician for moisture chamber glasses and goggles that help in trapping the moisture around the eyes.
A humidifier adds moisture to dry out the indoor air, thus slowing tear evaporation. This is very helpful in winters, when indoor heating leaves the air dry. During summers, do not allow the air condition in cars blow directly on your face.
Blink your eyes often while staring at a computer for longer time. When you blink, the tears move across the eyes, keeping them moist. Remember to blink you eyes while using a computer. Also, give some rest in between by looking away from the screen.
Omega-3 fats decrease the inflammation in dry eyes and improve tear quality. These fats are found in fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, lake trout, albacore tuna and sardines. Some other sources include walnuts, flaxseeds, canola oils and soybean.
Cigarette smoke causes irritation in the eyes, leading to chronic inflammation of the eyelid membrane. The inflammation thus leads to eye dryness.
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