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If you have a dry eye, you may experience redness, stinging, or a gritty sensation in your eyes.

Dry eye can be temporary or chronic. It occurs when your tear glands don’t produce enough tears or when your tears evaporate too quickly.

Untreated chronic dry eye can cause various complications, ranging from double vision to infections, but relief is available.

It’s also essential to understand the underlying causes so that you can prevent or manage them.

Here are some essential tips to prevent dry eyes and protect general eye health.

1.Get your eyes dilated.

Go to your eye doctor regularly. An exam that includes eye dilation is the only way to detect many common diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration in their early stages

2. Wear sunglasses

We typically remember to shield our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but protecting our eyes is just as important. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.-

3. Rest your eyes

If you spend a lot of time at the computer, it’s essential to rest your eyes to prevent eye strain. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

4. Clean contact lenses

To avoid infection risk, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as directed.

5. Stop smoking

You probably haven’t thought about cigarette smoke and how it affects eye health. But smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.-

6. Keep your weight down

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, leading to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

7. Know your family’s eye medical history

It’s important to know if you have family members diagnosed with an eye disease since many are hereditary.

How to specifically prevent dry eyes?

  1. Avoid air blowing in your eyes  – sit away from air conditioners, heaters . …
  2. Add moisture to the air. – use a humidifier…
  3. Consider wearing wraparound sunglasses or other protective eyewear.- UV rays can damage eyes and cause early cataracts…
  4. Take eye breaks during long tasks – we suggest 5 minutes every hour, especially for computer users. . …
  5. Be aware of your environment.- dry eyes are worse in windy, dry, bright sunny climates. …
  6. Position your computer screen below eye level. …
  7. Stop smoking and avoid smoke.

How can TheraLife help?

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