There are definitely certain lifestyle choices or habits which won’t be helping your dry eye. If you have been diagnosed you may want to reconsider the following habits:
Smoking puts you at a greater risk for developing multiple eye diseases and being in a smokey environment can worsen or trigger dry eye symptoms. If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about developing a quit-smoking treatment plan which is right for you.
- Poorly cleaning contact lenses or not following the wear and care instructions
This includes wearing them longer than the advised replacement schedule and using any solution other than what has been recommended to you for cleaning and storing them. For a more comprehensive list of contact lens do’s and don’ts visit our tips and tricks page here
- Poor hydration
Proper hydration is necessary for just about every system in your body to function properly, including your eyes! Be sure to drink plenty of water to make sure lack of fluid isn’t the reason for your lack of tears
- Regularly taking antihistamines or nasal decongestants1
Both antihistamines and nasal decongestants may cause dry eye symptoms. If you suffer from allergies, including hay fever, it’s best to talk to your eye doctor about the best solution to keep you both allergy free and comfortable.
- Extensive computer use without taking short, frequent breaks
When focusing for extended periods of time, such as on the computer, it is necessary to take frequent breaks to let your eyes reset and relax. It is recommended to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes by staring at something 20 feet away.