Dry Eye Tests
A careful examination of your eyes by an ophthalmologist followed by one or more dry eye tests can help detect dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye syndrome if not treated on time can affect the outcomes of LASIK and Cataract surgeries.
How can we manage Dry Eyes?
Frequent computer breaks:
20-20-20 rule to be followed. Every 20 minutes, spend at least 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away. Staring at the screen continuously strains your eyes and this exercise gives a good break to the eye.
Blinking more frequently is recommended as it helps renew tear film, which is important in protecting and moisturizing eyes. Blink every 5 minutes specially whilst using a digital screen.
Washing your eyes:
Cleaning your eyelids and the surrounding area with a mild soap can help eliminate lid inflammation. In case you suffer from dry eye then provide that area a little extra TLC when you wash your face. Close your eyes and gently massage the area with cleaners and rinse with cool or lukewarm water. This method of washing is recommended before applying a warm compress.
Applying a moist, warm compress to your eyes can help your eyelids produce more lipids, which can boost tear quality and relieve some dry eye symptoms. Optimum temperature is critical - it should not be too hot but warm enough to be therapeutic. Prepare your compress in an environment that is clean and sterile.
Changing diet and sleeping habits:
Eat three healthy meals interspersed with snacks daily. An anti-inflammatory or gluten-free diet, including more whole grains, less sugar and caffeine can help in reducing dry eye symptoms. These diets help control insulin levels and keep inflammation under control
Also leading a healthy lifestyle, including good sleeping habits can reduce the risk of dry eyes.
Avoid pollution and irritants:
Avoid rubbing your eyes as it disturbs the tear film and transfers irritants to your eyes
Contact lens usage:
Contact lenses can soak up the fluid in your eyes; Keep lenses clean and avoid wearing them all the time
Use artificial tears:
Use these to provide more moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye
Hydrate and humidity:
If you are dehydrated the fluid in your eyes can be depleted so drink lots of liquids