Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Eyes are Dry 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

Eyes are Dry Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have dry eyes and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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