Want to know why you have a dry eye?
There are myriad causes for Dry Eyes but in today’s world one of the major causes is the excessive use of digital screens such as smartphones, tablets and computers. The underlying reason for dry eyes is a problem with the tear duct. The issue with the tear duct can be caused by health problems, lifestyle factors, drugs or environmental conditions.
Smoke, fan, wind, allergens, low humidity, sleeping with a sleep apnea mask and so on are some of the environmental conditions that can impact the tear duct and cause dry eyes. Heating or air-conditioning in extreme conditions can contribute to this problem too.
Visual intensive activity such as watching TV, playing video games, using the tablet or smartphone can tire eyes. Make sure you blink frequently and take breaks.
Health ailments that cause dry eyes
Sometimes, dry eyes can be the result of health ailments such as Diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, eye surgery, rheumatoid Arthritis and rosacea. If so, you need to address the issue with your doctor.
Drugs and dry eyes
You might not even realize it but some of the drugs that you are using could be causing your eye problem. This includes sedatives, allergy pills, blood pressure medications, medicated eye drops, cold medication, anxiety pills and so on. Do consult your ophthalmologist on this.
How to protect yourself
Eat a diet rich in nuts and fish like salmon. These are rich in Omega fatty acids and help the oily tear layer. For every hour of watching TV or digital screens, look away frequently, at least once an hour for a minimum of 20 seconds. Use eye drops when your eyes feel dry. Blink regularly, digital screens make us forget to blink. If you tend to sleep with a fan or moving air, get an eye drop or gel prescribed to keep eyes moist overnight. If all the above tips don’t help. Make sure you consult your ophthalmologist. Dry eyes don’t go away overnight, it takes persistent care.