6 Lifestyle Tips to Get Rid of Dry Eye
The COVID19 pandemic has sparked people all over the world to reconsider the importance of health and well-being in their day to day lives. It turns out that this source of inspiration around healthy eating and positive lifestyle choices can also be great for improving your eye health.
Patients suffering from Dry Eye often look straight towards eye drops to alleviate their symptoms. Whilst artificial tears and other medication is an essential part of many people’s journey towards being able to manage their condition, there are also many lifestyle choices that you can make to ease symptoms of Dry Eye.
Here are 6 lifestyle changes that are easy to implement and can help keep your eyes healthy and hydrated.
It might seem obvious that eating healthily can help your body absorb vitamins, but it can be useful to know which foods to prioritise to ease a chronic condition. For eye health, make sure that your diet is full of:
– Fish which is rich in omega 3,
-Leafy greens that are packed full of antioxidants
-Fruit and veg like oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots that contain vitamins A, C and E.1
Cutting down on screen time
We’ve all felt the urge to rub our eyes after staring at a screen for too long. Well, this is because when looking at screens, we blink less often, which dries out our eyes. 2
Reducing the amount you look at screens is obviously the first thing to try, but if you need to use screens for work or in your personal life, the 20,20,20 method is a great way to protect your eyes. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds! 3
If you are suffering from chronic Dry Eye, or even mild Dry Eye, you should always consult your GP before changing your diet or starting any new treatment. But if you are struggling to obtain the nutrients you need to protect your eyes in your diet, then food supplements can sometimes be a good option. Coqun® OS capsules supplement the body’s natural levels of Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that protects against stress and inflammation in the eyes. The capsules not only strengthen eye health but can also boost full body health for people over 50 whose natural levels have dropped. 4
Drinking more water
Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, like the rest of the body. So, drinking enough water can help to keep them hydrated and help to get rid of Dry Eye symptoms. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome. 5
Getting enough sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is good for your health full stop. In fact, many health conditions can be exacerbated by notting getting enough rest. Symptoms of Dry Eye can even be worse at night due to the eyes having been open all day and receiving less nutrients at night. 6 Cleansing your eyes at night with a cleanser like Naviblef®, or using a warming device like Meibopatch® are both great ways to make sure your symptoms don’t flare up at night.
Whether it’s in your bedroom, home office or living room, a humidifier adds moisture to the air, protecting your tear film and making sure the eyes don’t become as dry.
Overall, it’s best to have a treatment plan which encompasses medication like VisuXL® eye drops, as well as healthy lifestyle choices, to maximize the chance of reducing Dry Eye symptoms and maintaining a great quality of life.
In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.
VisuXL Gel is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.
VisuXL is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.
Both products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.
- Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Jan 2020, Accessed September 2021: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes
- Wheeler, Regina Boyle. ‘Dry Eye and Screen Use’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed Oct 2021: https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/dry-eye-screen-use
- Marcin, Ashley , ‘How Does the 20-20-20 Rule Prevent Eye Strain?’ Healthline https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/20-20-20-rule#:~:text=The%2020%2D20%2D20%20rule%20can%20help%20your%20eyes%20refocus,your%20eyes%20for%2015%20minutes.
- Coqun OS Instructions for Use (IFU)
- Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.completeeyecare.net/featured-articles/how-does-hydration-affect-my-eyes/
- Lazarus, Russell. ‘Burning Eyes at Night’ Optometrists Network, 6th February 2021. https://www.optometrists.org/general-practice-optometry/guide-to-eye-conditions/dry-eye/guide-to-eye-drops/burning-eyes-at-night/ Last accessed August 2021.