Q: Visine is no longer working to relieve my dry eye. What else can I do?
A: If your eyes are frequently uncomfortable, it’s time to make a diagnosis of what is wrong. You need to see an eye care professional who can make a diagnosis of what the main problem is. The diagnosis will drive the recommendations for treatment.
Q: What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my dry eye symptoms?
A: Treating symptoms is only a temporary solution. Dry eye is a chronic and progressive disease so it’s important to not just put a bandage on the problem. Here’s a few ideas: Stop smoking, wear sunglasses outside, avoid air directly blowing on you from fans, start a good omega-3 like Easy Tears brand, and make sure you are not a lazy blinker when using your digital displays. Let your eye doctor determine the root cause of your dry eye so you can find more permanent relief.
Q: Why do my dry eyes feel worse in the morning?
A: Many patients don’t know it, but they sleep with their eyelids partially open. If you wake up with pain, scratchiness, the sensation that there is something in your eye, or mucous discharge, it could be caused by Nocturnal Lagophthalmos or a poor sealing of the eyelids. Because the eyelid does not close completely, it allows the tears in your eyes to dry out, making them feel uncomfortable. It’s tricky to diagnose because you can’t watch yourself as you are sleeping to see if your lids are partially open. We can perform tests to see if this is the cause of your irritation.