How to avoid dry eyes

Dry eyes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities – here’s what you can do 

Dry eyes are a common condition that occurs when your tears aren't able to provide adequate lubrication. Symptoms can include a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes, redness and a sensitivity to length. It's not usually serious and there are things you can do to help.

Add moisture to the air
Consider adding a humidifier to stop the air getting dry – particularly during the winter months. In addition – don’t direct car heaters or air conditioners towards your eyes.

Take an eye break
If you’re sat at your desk for long periods of time, remember to take breaks to give your eyes a rest in order to prevent dryness. Close your eyes for a few minutes or blink repeatedly for a few seconds to help spread your tears evenly over your eyes.

Take eye drops
For the temporary relief of dry eyes, stock up on eye drops. Products such as Rohito help restore the natural tear film to provide you with long lasting hydration and protection. Keep them by your desk or next to your bed, and let these artificial tears replace any missing water.

Pay attention to your environment
Try to avoid cigarette smoke and stay indoors when it’s windy. Using appropriate eyewear to protect your eyes from wind when engaging in activities such as riding a bike can also reduce dry eyes. The air in airplanes can be extremely dry too – make sure to close your eyes for a few minutes to minimize evaporation of your tears.