Essential tips for dry eye care in from a Specialist Ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Welcare Hospital Dubai
19 June 2023| Last updated on 3 July 2023
Keep your eyes healthy during the hot weather with top tips for dry and irritated eyes.
Summer is here, and so are some health problems that come along with it. One of the most common health issues during this time is dry eyes.
Dr. Mohini Thakur, Specialist Ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, has shared some information and tips to help you deal with this problem.
What are the symptoms of dry eyes?
Common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- You feel like your eyes are stinging and burning.
- Blurred vision, especially when reading
- There is a scratchy or gritty feeling like something is in your eye.
- There are strings of mucus in or around your eyes.
- Your eyes are red or irritated.
- It is painful to wear contact lenses.
- You have tearing or watering.
- Eyes feel tired
- Sensitivity to light and pain
How to care for dry eyes?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if you are someone who spends a lot of time staring at screens, here are some tips from Dr. Mohini that might help you:
- Blink frequently and fully. Make a conscious effort to blink as often as possible, ideally about 15 times in a minute.
- Moisturise your eyes regularly. You can use artificial tears to keep your eyes moist.
- Follow the "20-20-20" rule. Take regular breaks using this rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
- Adjust your screen's settings. This includes adjusting the brightness and contrast of your screen, and reduce glare.
- Adjust your position at the computer. When using a computer, you should be sitting about 25 inches away from the screen (right about at arm's length).
- Wear special lenses. Blue light-blocking glasses may help to a certain degree.
- Be careful when wearing contact lenses If you wear contact lenses and use digital devices for long periods, you may find dry eyes an ongoing problem.
How to avoid dry and irritated eyes while wearing contact lenses
Some tips for you include:
- Give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses instead.
- Don’t sleep in your contact lenses, even if they are labelled “extended wear.”
- Always use good contact lens cleaning practices.
If your eyes consistently appear red, blurry or watery, or they become sensitive to light or are painful, it's best to see your ophthalmologist.
Authored by Dr. Mohini Thakur.