What should I do if I have Dry Eye symptoms and how can my eyes be treated?
Your optician will help you determine the cause of your dry eye, assess the amount of tears your eyes are producing, check for any damage to the surface of your eyes and agree the most effective course of treatment needed.
Are there any additional steps I can take?
Research into Dry Eye syndrome has shown that patients are often deficient specifically in Omega 3 and 6 oils. So it is not surprising that diet is an important determinant of eye health. The optimal diet should include approximately equal quantities of both omega-3 and omega-6 oils.
Increased consumption of oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel or trout) coupled with less processed food could help redress your deficit and proactively improve your eye health.
Dietary supplements are also an option for you. However, they need to be taken at least one month before a noticeable improvement. A supplement called ‘Omega Eye’ is currently being marketed as having the recommended amount of Omega oils to aid the body to produce more tears. These supplements contain very high levels of Omega 3 (1680mg EPA and 560mg DHA).
There are also some additional changes you can make to reduce your discomfort such as:
- Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body well hydrated.
- Be aware of situations where you might blink less often, e.g. when reading, watching television and looking at a computer monitor. Try to blink more frequently when concentrating on these tasks.
- Avoid places where there are fumes, dust or smoke, which can irritate your eyes.
- Careful bathing of the eyelids can help to improve the quality of your tears, so that they moisturise better and last longer on the surface of the eye.
So, if you are suffering from dry eye condition rest assured your complaint is a very common one and it can be treated!