December 06, 2019
Living with dry eyes can be uncomfortable and get in the way of your ability to enjoy regular activities. At Family Vision Care Associates, we take care of our patients to the next level. Not only do we offer comprehensive eye care services, but we also want to provide our patients with information for how they can care for dry eyes at home, too.
You may not realize that blinking exercises can work wonders for dry eyes. These simple yet effective, blinking exercises can help your eye regain some moisture and feel a bit more comfortable.
One blinking exercise that you may do includes closing your eyes quickly, squeezing them as tight as possible, and then slowly releasing. Keep your eyes open for three seconds and then repeat these steps six or seven times for prime results.
Another blinking exercise to try out includes closing your eyes for a few seconds, then opening them slowly. However, this is followed by closing your eyes once more, pause, and then squeeze the eyes. Release and relax. Doing this sequence daily for 10 minutes over a span of 30 days can help reduce dry eye.
As you work to self-treat dry eyes, you may be curious about why this condition is so incredibly common. There are many reasons a person may develop dry eyes. Common reasons include:
Medical conditions: There are a variety of conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, that can increase the likeliness of developing dry eyes.
Gender: Studies prove that women are at higher risk of having dry eyes at some point in their lifetime.
Environment: Smoke, wind, and dry air can create the “perfect storm” for dry eyes. Focusing too long on screens can also create dry eye symptoms.
Medications: Certain medications have the side effect of dry eyes. Make sure you take a look at the potential side effects to know if you are at higher risk.
Age: Dry eyes are considered a natural part of aging.
In some instances, other eye treatments or procedures may also create conditions for dry eyes. Your doctor will be able to help pinpoint the potential cause for your dry eyes.
Outside of regularly blinking exercises, there are other options for treatment, as well. In mild cases of dry eyes, you may be able to treat the condition by adding tears with artificial tear solutions. While this can be a bit of a pain to add in eye drops regularly, it can help relieve the irritation that people often feel with dry eyes.
Additionally, your optometrist may prescribe medications that help promote tear production. You may need prescription eye drops or ointments to address the more severe cases of eye drops.
Make sure that you talk to your doctor before you start any medications or blinking exercises. Your eye care professional will have a better understanding of which treatment options are best for you based on your specific needs. Keep in mind, there are numerous blinking exercises out there, and your doctor can help walk you through which exercises are right for you.
Do you suffer from dry eyes? If so, we are here to help. If you would like more information about blinking exercises or other treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Family Vision Care Associates, we are dedicated to providing only the best service to our patients. Reach out to us today to schedule your next consultation. We look forward to working with you!