Eye Dryness Home Care
Home care for dry eyes includes:
- Use a humidifier.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
- Do not rub your eyes.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Use artificial tears.
- Available without a prescription
- Lubricating ointments:
- Last longer but can cloud vision
- A good choice for use at bedtime
- Keep eyelids clean:
- Blepharitis can worsen dry eyes
- Apply warm washcloth to closed eyes for 5 minutes
- Cleanse lashes with baby shampoo and and rinse completely
Eye Dryness Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have dry eyes and any of the following:
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