What is a healthy eye?

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, having happy, hydrated eyes can help keep you going.

Be mindful of your environment

Since temperature, wind, low humidity, and arid environments can all impact your eyes, it’s important to plan for and adjust accordingly. On windy days, it may be helpful to wear sunglasses to help shield your eyes. And, if you’re going to be in an air-conditioned room for several hours, it could be helpful to have lubricating eye drops on hand just in case. A humidifier also can help add moisture to dry air indoors.

Prepare for travel conditions

If traveling by plane, changes in pressure, reduced oxygen levels, and low humidity can all contribute to dry eye symptoms. Be sure to pack lubricating eye drops in your carry-on! If you’re driving instead and prone to dry eye, it can be helpful to keep the windows closed and turn down the heat or air conditioning—or at least keep the vents pointed away from your face.

Eat nutrient-rich foods or supplements

Eye-friendly nutrients contribute to good eye health and can even help reduce the risk of certain eye diseases. For dry eye, specifically, foods rich in vitamin A help your retina work properly and provide moisture to the eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut, help with tear function, too.

Take frequent breaks from your digital devices

Following the 20-20-20 rule can help: Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Want to take it a step further? Blink 20 times to give your eyes an extra bit of care. If you’re using a computer, keep your computer screen 20-28 inches away from your face and slightly below eye level.

Don’t forget to blink!

The simple act of blinking cleanses the surface of your eye and replenishes it with fresh tears. So, don’t forget to blink! It’ll help moisturize and soothe your eyes. If your eyes are feeling a little tired or dry, try closing them for a minute for a refresher.

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Have Questions About Dry Eye? Talk to Your Eye Doctor

If your eyes feel uncomfortable, or you have trouble seeing and the tips above haven’t helped, make an appointment with your eye doctor. No issue is too small to discuss, especially since your eyes are what connect you to the world.

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