As the weather gets warmer and Covid-19 restrictions gradually ease, many people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. But for those with chronic dry eye syndrome, uncomfortable symptoms may deter them from enjoying Mother Nature. Some of these symptoms include:
- Dry eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Irritated or burning eyes
- Blurred vision
While the only sure way to diagnose and treat your eye condition is having an eye exam with Dr. Jennifer DenHartog, the following tips may offer some relief until your next appointment — especially while you’re spending time in the open air.
Always Bring Along a Water Bottle
A dehydrated body can mean dehydrated eyes. Drinking plenty of water can help your eyes produce the healthy amount of tears needed to maintain lubrication. Even if you are spending time in a humid environment, be sure to drink water or other hydrating fluids. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks, as they can be dehydrating and exacerbate dry eye symptoms.
Pack Some Lubricating Eye Drops
One of the main causes of dry eye syndrome is insufficient or poor quality tears. Lubricating eye drops, also known as artificial tears, can compensate for the lack of tears and offer temporary relief. The drops’ tiny containers make them travel-friendly and perfect for almost any outdoor activity. There are many kinds of eye drops on the market, but Dr. Jennifer DenHartog can recommend or prescribe the most suitable type for your eyes.
Wear Protective Eyewear
Exposure to the elements can leave your eyes feeling dry and uncomfortable. Wearing protective eyewear, such as sports goggles or wrap-around sunglasses, can protect your eyes from harsh winds, debris in the air, and sunlight. Even a light breeze can strip the eyes of their protective tear film and accelerate the rate of evaporation.
Visit Your Dry Eye Optometrist
While the above recommendations can provide temporary relief, a dry eye evaluation with Dr. Jennifer DenHartog can help identify and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms. Dr. Jennifer DenHartog will recommend the latest and most effective dry eye treatments for long-lasting relief and optimal comfort. If you or a loved one is suffering from dry eye syndrome, call Dry Eye Center at Premier Vision Clinic to schedule your consultation today.
Dry Eye Center at Premier Vision Clinic serves patients from West Des Moines, Clive, Waukee, Urbandale, and throughout Iowa .