December is a time for parties, holiday cheer, and…dry eye? If you’re one of the millions of Americans, dry eye in the winter is pure misery. But how do you know that you have dry eye? Keep reading to learn more about dry eye and how to keep it in check this season!
1. I wake up and my eyes are bloodshot even after getting 8 hours of sleep
Drier weather outside can sometimes mean drier air inside too. We’ve all been there: you go to bed at a reasonable time and then you wake up to your eyes crusted together and bloodshot.
What gives? First things first, your bedroom or house may be too dry. An easy fix is a humidifier. Having one where you sleep can help keep moisture in the air. Your eyes and your skin will definitely thank you!
2. Working in front of my computer all day is hurting my eyes
We love living in digital times, but our eyes aren’t too fond of it. If you work in front of a computer (so, everyone) you could develop dry eye or digital eye strain. Asking someone not to work in front of a computer is not happening, so how do you make your eyes stop hurting?
A simple solution is to take more breaks. If you can, take a brisk walk around the block once or twice a day. It’s a good idea to get your eyes away from screens for a bit and expose them to fresh air.
If you can’t, try the 20-20-20 rule. Every twenty minutes, look away from your computer to gaze at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. By looking at an object that’s far away, you’re helping to reduce eye fatigue.
3. My eyes won’t stop watering uncontrollably for no reason
You would think with a condition called dry eye your eyes would only be dry, right? Not true! With dry eye, you can experience burning, itching, uncontrollable watering, and pain.
The list could go on and on. The point is dry eye that’s making your life too difficult to experience needs treatment. Artificial tears, warm compresses, and other at home options can only go so far.
At Washington Eye, we can help! There shouldn’t be a one treatment fits all idea when it comes to dry eye because it doesn’t work.
The first step is to schedule a dry eye appointment with us. We’ll give you a comprehensive eye exam, and test your eyes tear film levels. Once we know what is causing your dry eye, we can set out to treat it for good! Common treatments may include:
- temporary or permanent punctal plugs that help keep tears in your eyes for longer
- over the counter artificial tears like Xiidra
You don’t have to go through 2019 complaining about dry eye! We encourage you to consider contacting Washington Eye in Silver Spring for a dry eye consultation! Make 2019 the year you see clearly without dryness, pain, or irritation. You owe it to your eyes!