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Protecting Your Eyes from Irritation and Dryness

Do you experience eye irritation or dryness? Though dry eyes are uncomfortable, they are also fairly easy to treat. Following are five tips from Sina J Sabet, an eye surgeon in Alexandria, regarding dry eye prevention.

Use Eye Drops

Artificial tears will keep your eyes lubricated and refreshed throughout the day. These drops are designed to specifically remedy issues like dry eyes and dust infiltration. Keeping a bottle of eye drops nearby will come in handy for anyone who experiences frequent bouts of dryness or irritation.

Reduce Screen Time

If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer screen, on your cell phone, or your tablet, your eyes will be more prone to eye strain. Staring at a screen all day will often result in a lack of blinking, depriving your eyes of moisture. Remind yourself to take consistent breaks away from digital screens to give your eyes enough time to recover.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Dieting plays a vital role in eye care. Make sure to eat leafy green vegetables and Omega-3 fatty acid foods to provide the proper nutrients required for eye health. Drinking green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, will also help to prevent long-term eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

Avoid Irritating Makeup Products

Makeup, lotion, and other skin-based products can contain ingredients that cause irritation, dryness, and even damage to a person's skin. Eyes are particularly vulnerable to these ingredients, which is why you must research the types of products you buy before deciding to use them. Aside from avoiding products that cause eye irritation, you can use makeup wipes and perform regular face washes to remove products from the skin. The application of makeup should be gentle – don't ever rub makeup or lotion products too close to your eyes.

Ophthalmologist in Alexandria

Eye care specialists recommend that you undergo an eye exam at least once a year. For more information on dry eyes or to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Sabet, call us at (703) 370-9411.

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