7 Foul Habits Making Your Dry Eyes Worse

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7 Foul Habits Making Your Dry Eyes Worse


So, do you feel like you've tried every single eyedrop at the store but still, nothing just seems to work? Maybe you've even seen an eye doctorand gotten a prescription treatment, but still, the eyes aren't healing, and your eyes are stilldry. Well, the reason your eyes may not be getting any better is that we all tend to neglect theseseven bad habits that make dry eyes worse. So today, we are going to review these seven commonhabits and share some tips on how to fix them. First off, a lot of my patients who come intothe clinic complaining of dry, irritated eyes all tend to share a common lifestyle. I hateto say it, but I'll admit this is something I am very guilty of too, and that is excessivescreen use. Research has shown that we don't blink as often when we're hyperfocusedon digital screens, and when we do blink,.

We also tend to not blink our eyes completely,meaning our eyes are more exposed to open air, and our tear film is more likely to evaporate muchfaster. So, if you can, try to make intentional efforts to reduce your screen time and reduce yourdigital eye strain. The more you strain and try to hyperfocus on a screen, the more likely you areto have problems with your blinking patterns. Number two is neglecting your surroundings, asmany things in our environment can contribute to dryness of the eye. When you're outside, certainlywind is a common culprit, but when you're indoors, you have air conditioning, heating, and fans thatyou may be using. Even allergies and the humidity of where you live can all be factors. To helpwith this, you can get a pair of wide wrapping sunglasses so when you're outside, wind won'thit your eyes from the side, causing them to.

Dry out faster. When you're indoors, turn anyfans, air conditioning, or heating vents to point away from your face. Some people do benefitfrom using humidifiers in their bedroom, office, or other living spaces. As for allergies, thoseare a little bit more challenging to manage. Just be aware of what you could be allergic to and tryto eliminate those from your living areas. There are also eye drops specifically for allergies,but certainly talk to your doctor if they think those are the best option for you, as somemedications for allergies can make dry eyes worse. Now, number three is something that I see a lotof in the eye clinic. When we examine the eyelids and eyelashes under a microscope, we often seea large buildup of skin oils, dead skin cells, and even gross little eyelash mites that liveand burrow inside the eyelash follicles. The.

Presence of all of this leads to inflammation ofthe eyelids, which we refer to as blepharitis, and that includes symptoms of redness, irritation,and may contribute to blockage of the oil glands in the eyelids, which happens to be a majorcontributing factor for dry eye disease. So, try to clean your eyelids and eyelashes every1 to 2 days with some form of an eyelid wipe or eyelid cleanser. There are many differentbrands of these products on the market, but I'll put some of my favorites in the descriptionbelow so you can check those out. This will keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean so you don'tget that nasty buildup of gunk and irritation. Number four is unfortunately a very commonproblem. There are many different artificial tear and eye drops on the market, and many people justreach for the first one they see. This often leads.

To not only those drops not working very well butalso, in some cases, may even make their dry eyes worse. The common culprits for this are the 'getthe red out' drops, as these drops have additives in them that help constrict blood vessels on theeye to make the eyes appear whiter. Unfortunately, these additives have a rebound effect where theeyes often get more red and more irritated after you use them. Second is using any generic eyedrops that contain a preservative known as BAK or benzalkonium chloride. This is a very potentpreservative that works well as a preservative but unfortunately is known to be toxic tothe corneal surface. That is why you always hear doctors recommending preservative-freeeye drops or looking for a newer eye drop that is preserved with something other thanBAK. This video is not sponsored in any way,.

But if you do want to know of a great resourcefor good eye drops for dry eye and eyelid wipes, then check out the website HelpMyze.com. Overthere, you will find different dry eye care routines that I put together based on severity anddifferent dry eye symptoms. This is a new website that I'm working with, as I feel like they aregoing to make things a lot more convenient and accessible for eye care. If you do check outthe HelpMyze website, please just give me some feedback. Let me know in the comments whatyou think of that website and that service. Now, bad habit number five, and mostpeople won't know that they're, in fact, doing this. Do you ever wake up, and your eyes aremore dry right away in the morning? I always try to ask my new dry eye patients this because somany people do, in fact, sleep with their eyes.

Open just a tiny little bit, and this leads torepeated bouts of chronic exposure overnight that makes it very difficult for the eye to heal.Common ways to manage this include using thicker eye drop gels and nighttime ointments. Also,look for sleep masks and even special eyelid tape to keep the eyelids closed while you sleep.Again, there are several brands of all of these, but I'll put some of my favorites in thedescription below so you can check those out. Bad habit number six comes from either notmanaging or just simply ignoring other health conditions. This includes autoimmune conditions,diabetes, rosacea, and hormone issues, as all of these can cause dry eyes to get worse or mayat least cause a flare-up of your symptoms. So, if you do have any other health conditionsthat you know of, make sure to manage those.

And keep them in check as that may help preventfuture outbreaks of worsening dry eye symptoms. Finally, bad habit number seven, and this isagain something that I am occasionally guilty of myself. Just the other weekend, I had a cheatday and allowed myself to enjoy pizza and beer, which was delicious. But the nextmorning, I woke up, and my eyelids, my whole face felt swollen and puffy. It'strue that our diets and what foods we eat can trigger inflammatory events throughoutour whole body, and it's been shown that alcohol can contribute and cause worseningdry eye symptoms for some people. Both diet and nutrition play significant roles in our eyehealth overall. If you do want to learn more about how diet affects dry eye specifically,I did record a live stream several weeks ago,.

And I'll put a link to that video up over here tothe side so you can check that out. Either way, though, I hope that this video brings yousome awareness to things that could be going on in your life that may be making your dry eyesworse. Otherwise, thank you so much for watching, and I hope you have a fantastic day. Keep aneye on it, and we'll see you in that video.

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3 thoughts on “7 Foul Habits Making Your Dry Eyes Worse

  1. i had better eyelid surgical operation but for lacrimal gland prolapse.. but my specialize in continues to be droopy .. and additionally dry and sensitive from light and air .. what might perchance well need to tranquil i attain

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