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8 Surefire Remedies for Dry Eyes

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Don't forget to blink.

Most of us who spend time in front of a computer experience dry eye on occasion.

It’s not just irritating. It can increase stress, decrease productivity, induce headaches and generally make the workday a real downer.

Research shows we blink 66 percent less when staring at a screen, which means less lubrication and more friction on the eyeball.

A recent FDA recall of some over-the-counter eye drops connected to bacteria outbreaks hasn’t helped the situation.

And yet, there are some sure-fire, tried-and-true remedies for dry and irritated eyes, starting with:

Turn the Computer Off. Give your poor peepers a break. If you really want to indulge yourself, close your eyes, lower the lights, put on restful music, and give yourself an eye and temple massage.

Here’s another surefire solution: eye drops.

“The fact is, eye drops are one of the most effective remedies for dry eye,” writes healthcare expert Michelle Crouch in the September 2023 AARP Bulletin. “For a mild case, over the counter eyedrops may be all your need, although your eye doctor can offer more treatment options.”

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Some More Solutions for Dry Eyes

Here are some pointers from healthcare writer Michelle Crouch:

  1. Go with eye drops that provide “lubrication” or “artificial tears” not “redness relief.
  2. Keep the air as moist and humid as possible.
  3. Take regular breaks. At least every 20 minutes is recommended.
  4. Blink.
  5. Keep blinking.
  6. Make sure your face and clean and dry and your oil glands are unblocked.
  7. Stay away from blowing air, dust and direct light.
  8. See your eye doctor if problems persist.

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