Living with dry eyes can be challenging, but there are many lifestyle changes you can make to alleviate symptoms. Learn from these patients and experts about exercises and techniques that help ease dry eyes.
Gabriela: Some of the symptoms that I've experienced with dry eye is a burning sensation in my eyes, a little bit of blurry vision during the burning sensation, also a lot of tearing. It's kind of a hassle.
Dr. Parikh: Hi, I'm Dr. Chiti Parikh. Today we're talking about chronic dry eyes. Since chronic dry eyes can last for a really long time, it's very important to consider diet and lifestyle changes when managing the symptoms.
Gabriela: Since I was diagnosed, it's kind of gotten better, but that's because I've been implementing a lot of the things, like not sleeping with makeup on, and then also making sure that I use organic or all-natural makeup, also drinking a lot of water.
Dr. Dweck: That's critical. When your body is dry, your eyes are going to be dry.
Gabriela: I've worked in an office. I was always on either my phone or on a computer.
Dr. Dweck: We all work on computers day after day, hour after hour. We're staring. Remember to blink because if you don't blink, there's a good chance your eyes will dry out.
Melissa: There's a 20/20/20 rule where for every 20 minutes that you're either on your phone or sitting in front of a computer, even a TV, to look at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. I've also realized a connection with my diet. Having extra omegas or a fish diet really seems to help.
Dr. Dweck: Omega-3 supplements. Those are critical. They include fish oil capsules, krill oil capsules, flaxseed oil capsules. You can eat chia seeds, lots of fatty fish.
Taylor: Also noticed that when I don't get enough sleep, it's definitely way worse. I was sleeping with a ceiling fan for a really long time and that's actually really not great for the eyes, so I switched to a regular fan and a humidifier.
Dr. Dweck: I think there's been a significant increase in the incidents of dry eye-
Taylor: Because of the technology?
Dr. Dweck: Because of the technology, because of pollution, and all of our lifestyle issues. I think it's not going to go away anytime soon.
Melissa: To be honest, I'm still learning a little. Even though I've had it for so long, I still realize certain things that might be agitating it that I hadn't realized before. And just being more aware of your body, I think, really helps.
Dr. Parikh: It sounds like lifestyle changes are really first-line therapy. Without that, none of the other treatments can really be that effective.
Dr. Dweck: Exactly.