Dry eye syndrome occurs when the quantity or quality of your tears is inadequate. This problem can make your eyes red, irritated and watery, compromising your visual comfort. Fortunately, Six One Six Vision Center offers innovative treatments that can bring lasting relief for dry eyes. Read on as your trusted eye care specialist discusses dry eye treatment methods:
Like natural tears, artificial tears contain water, mucus and oil to keep your eyes moisturized. This combination ensures that your eyes remain free of foreign matter. This improves your visual comfort and helps you enjoy clear eyesight.
Eye-Friendly Foods and Nutritional Supplements
Your eye doctor explains that eating eye-friendly foods is an effective way to prevent dry eyes. Cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that contain DHA and EPA. These substances maintain lubrication in your eyes. If you can’t eat fish, we may prescribe nutritional supplements as an alternative.
We may suggest applying ointment on your eyes to relieve your discomfort. Topical medications usually contain anti-inflammatory properties, reducing your eyes’ redness, soreness and itchiness, while also improving tear production in your eyes.
Another thing you can do to relieve your symptoms is apply a warm compress to your eyes for several minutes. The warmth will help stimulate tear production. Your optometrist also advises gently scrubbing your eyelids with water to stimulate your tear ducts to release oil.
For more information on how to relieve your dry eyes, call us at (208) 214-5080 or complete our form. We serve Boise, Eagle and nearby areas in Idaho.