MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, Diploma in Ophthalmology , Fellowship in Cornea and Anterior Segment
32 years experience
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Which of these are the common symptoms of dry eyes?
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Patients suffering from this condition may experience a broad range of symptoms. Among them, one may feel redness in the eye, stringy mucus in or around the eyes. Other symptoms of dry eyes include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, double and blurred vision, etc. Some patients with dry eyes may also get a feeling like there s sand in their eyes and they may find it difficult to wear contact lenses. Consult an eye specialist as soon as you notice these symptoms.
Which of these factors may increase the risk of dry eyes?
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Prolonged use of computers and other portable digital devices like mobile phones, tablets may increase the risk of dry eyes. This is because when a person sits in front of the computer, he tends to blink his eyes less frequently and less fully. This causes an imbalance in the tear mixture which is made up of water, fatty oils, growth facts and other electrolytes and it evaporates too fast. As a result, the person may start experiencing the symptoms of dry eyes. Avoid using computers and other digital portable devices for a prolonged period.
Taking omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements can relieve the patient from symptoms of dry eyes.
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As per medical research, eating more omega-3 fatty acid may help in treating the symptoms of dry eyes. The fat reduces the risk of inflammation in the body and contributes to reduce eye inflammation. This may help the patient to get relief from dry eyes and subsequently allows more tear production and improves the quality of tears produced by the eyes. Oils like palm oil and soybean oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acid. Person suffering from this condition may also add fatty fishes like salmon, tuna, sardine, and eggs to his/her diet, as these foods are a rich source of fatty acids.
Eye drops and ointments are beneficial for the eyes and may treat the problem permanently.
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Non-prescription eye drops and eye ointments are known to contain certain preservatives and come in a multi-dose vial. Sometimes the patient s eyes may react badly with these preservatives. These non-prescription drugs are known to bring temporary relief to the patients. Overuse of ointments may impair the vision of the patient. Use eye drops that are free from preservatives, and it s best to use ointments before bedtime.
Protecting the eyes from the harmful environment is an important part when it comes to treating dry eyes.
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The environment is a major factor and one of the common causes of dry eyes. Patients suffering from this condition are advised to stay indoors when it s windy and avoid cigarette smoke. Air-conditioners, ceiling fans, and air heating systems are known to decrease indoor humidity and hasten tear evaporation forcefully; these may cause dry eye symptoms. Arid climates, dry and windy conditions may also increase the risk of dry eyes. Patients should use appropriate eyewear while going outdoors.