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Summertime Tips for Chronic Dry Eyes

Chronic dry eye is unpleasant year round, but summertime brings its own set of challenges. Many people who have dry eyes find their issues getting worse during the summer months, but there are things you can do to alleviate your symptoms. 

At Eye Associates of Monmouth in Colts Neck, New Jersey, Dr. John Ghobrial and our team can help you manage your dry eyes. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips for summertime eye care.

Chronic dry eye

When you have chronic dry eye, the lack of lubrication in your eyes causes uncomfortable symptoms, including:

Hot, dry summer months can make you feel even worse, and if smoke or allergens are present, you may feel like every day is a torment.  

5 summertime tips for dry eyes

You can alleviate your dry eye symptoms with these helpful suggestions from Dr. Ghobian.

1. Wear eye protection

Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage eyes and skin at any time of year. Wear sunglasses with UVA protection built in when you go outside or drive/ride in a car. You can also add swimming goggles to your pool or beach bag so you protect your eyes from irritants like salt, sand, and chlorine.   

2. Remain hydrated

Staying hydrated can help keep your eyes lubricated. Don’t forget that even if you’re indoors and not out sweating in the sun, you still need to maintain water intake. If you do go outside, take water with you so you can keep hydrating on the go.  

3. Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet

Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial fats that your body needs but can’t make on its own. You can easily get these through foods like fatty fish or snacking on nuts and seeds. Dietary supplements may also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and can help you boost your tear-making capabilities.

4. Try eye lubricants

If your dry eyes are caused by issues with your tear production, you can add topical artificial tears to help lubricate your eyes. Ask Dr. Ghobrial for suggestions and he can help guide you in making these types of purchases.You can usually choose from drops, gels, or ointments.

5. Ask for professional help

Dr. Ghobrial may say you need a prescription eye drop that lubricates but also contains an agent to reduce the inflammation associated with dry eyes. If you have severe inflammation and swelling, he might prescribe a steroid eye drop for a short time period. 

Alternately, he may be able to recommend a minimally invasive procedure to unclog your tear ducts. 

Is summertime giving you the chronic dry eyes blues? Contact our office for an appointment by calling 732-431-6688, or you can book an appointment online today.

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