Avoid Chronic Dry Eye

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Amy McGorry from Prevention Magazine discusses the eye friendly habits you should have to avoid chronic dry eye and irritation.

    Amy McGorry: By 2015 Americans will spend more than half their day consuming traditional and digital media. One of the many health implications that experts see rising from increase screen time is chronic dry eye, which decreases the eye's ability to make or maintain a sufficient quantities of tears for healthy tear film. To further explore this relationship, Prevention surveyed 500 readers and found that 55% of respondents experience one or more symptoms related to dry eye when using a computer for extended periods of time. More than half of those who suffer from eye-related symptoms believe they can manage symptoms on their own and have not talked to their doctor. If you experience dryness, itchiness stinging, burning, excessive tearing or any bothersome eye-related symptoms, it's important to talk to your doctor. If left untreated, these symptoms may lead to more damage to the eye surface, increase risk of eye infection and affects on your vision. Treatment options may include eyedrops and over-the-counter artificial tears for temporary relief. Your doctor may also suggest some other eye friendly habits we recommended at Prevention, such as turning on a humidifier while you sleep, to add extra moisture into the air and eating foods rich in omega-3 fats, like flax seeds, walnuts, and fatty fishes like salmon, which studies show can reduce eye inflammation. Make sure you schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years if you are over 40 and talk to your doctor about any persistent or bothersome eye-related symptoms.