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Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome
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Dry eye syndrome

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Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that happens when your eyes don’t produce enough tears.

This can cause your eyes to dry out making them sore and your vision blurry. You may also notice your eyes look red and your eyelids are sticky when you wake up.

Here are some things you can do.

  • Protect your eyes. Try to avoid direct contact with wind, hot air, direct sunlight and smoke as these conditions can irritate your eyes.
  • Avoid straining your eyes. If you work at a computer screen make sure your eyes are positioned correctly. Take regular screen breaks to avoid straining your eye muscles.
  • Eat well. Oily fish such as salmon and fresh tuna contain omega-3 oils which help to produce tears.
  • A humidifier may stop the air around you becoming dry.
  • Try an over the counter medication such as artificial tears, gels or ointments.
  • Try a warm compress on your eyelids.
  • If you smoke, cut down or quit.
  • If you suffer from dry eye a lot, speak to your optometrist.

Last reviewed: November 2017

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