How to avoid and treat dry eye syndrome
One of the best ways to avoid dry eye syndrome is to spend less time staring at screens.
Easy ways to reduce your screen time
Be mindful at work. Set an alarm to remind yourself to look away from your screen once an hour. Take a quick bathroom break, turn your chair around and chat to coworkers, or do a few stretches with your eyes closed. You can also get out for a quick walk around the block for some fresh air and a break from the screen.
Try other forms of entertainment. Instead of automatically reaching for the television remote, consider listening to podcasts, music, the radio, or audiobooks for entertainment. Or simply pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.
Host a games night. Invite some friends over for board games and music.
Don’t forget your phone time. Use an app such as Moment to track and limit the time you spend on your smartphone. It’s easy to mindlessly scroll, so setting limits can help to break the habit.
How to treat dry eye when it strikes
Despite the best precautions, you might still develop dry eye syndrome – especially if you work in front of a screen all day.
Here are some treatment tips to have up your sleeve for when you next experience uncomfortable symptoms.
Blink more. Try to remind yourself to blink more often. Perhaps make a habit of blinking every time you finish reading a sentence.
Consider a humidifier. A humidifier can alleviate dryness in the atmosphere.
Try eye drops or products. From eye drops that lubricate the eyes to soothing wipes that offer gentle cleansing for everyday use, there are plenty of options at your local pharmacy.
Try HYLO®-Fresh. HYLO®-Fresh is an eye drop product designed specifically to lubricate the eyes. It is free of preservatives, compatible with contact lenses, and ideal for moderate to mild cases of dry eye.