There are a variety of lifestyle habits you could be adopting (or quitting) to naturally promote overall eye health. Visit the page ‘Tips & tricks for living with dry eye disease‘ for more detailed information or see the overview of various pointers below:

 

  • Adopt a healthy diet: Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and certain vitamins and minerals all contribute to overall eye health
  • Get plenty of rest: Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night and on a regular basis
  • Stay hydrated: Drink enough water to ensure you are always properly hydrated. Decreased tear production is a side effect of dehydration
  • Quit smoking: Smoking puts you at greater risk for multiple eye diseases and being in a smokey environment has been known to worsen dry eye symptoms
  • Follow all of the wear and care instructions for contact lenses
  • Wear protective eye wear: Wear sunglasses when outside, ski goggles while participating in winter sports and protective goggles when partaking in an activity which puts you at risk for air borne debris

For more detailed information on what you can do to combat dry eye, talk to your eye doctor for advice which is tailored to you and your lifestyle.

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