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Managing Dry Eye Symptoms While Enjoying the Outdoors

couple on a field of flowers 640As the weather gets warmer it is natural that we want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. For those with chronic dry eye syndrome, uncomfortable symptoms may deter them from enjoying Mother Nature. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Grittiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritated or burning eyes
  • Blurred vision

We, at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge NJ can diagnose and treat your eye condition.  Here are some tips that may offer some relief until your next appointment. 

Drink Enough Water 

A dehydrated body can lead to dehydrated eyes. Drinking plenty of water can help your eyes keep the natural tear balance needed to maintain lubrication. Even if you are spending time in a humid environment, be sure to drink water or other hydrating fluids. Avoid alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks because they can cause dehydration and exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Lubricating Eye Drops 

One of the main causes of dry eye syndrome is insufficient or poor quality tears. Lubricating eye drops, also known as tear supplements, can compensate for the lack of tears and offer temporary relief. They are easy to call and perfect for almost any outdoor activity. There are many kinds of eye drops on the market, but our doctors can recommend or prescribe the most suitable type for your eyes.

Wear Protective Eyewear

Exposure to the elements can leave your eyes feeling dry and uncomfortable. Wearing protective eye wear, such as sports goggles or wrap-around sunglasses, can protect your eyes from harsh winds, debris in the air, and sunlight. Even a light breeze can strip the eyes of their protective tear film and accelerate the rate of evaporation.  Special custom prescribed contact lenses can give dry eye sufferers relief.  

Visit Your Dry Eye Optometrist 

These recommendations can provide temporary relief, but a a dry eye evaluation with Dr. Roth and Dr. Tiomno at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge  can help identify and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms.  We can recommend and prescribe the latest and most effective dry eye treatments for long-lasting relief and optimal comfort. If you or a loved one is suffering from dry eye syndrome, call us at 732-679-2020 to schedule your consultation today.

Family Eye Care in Old Bridge NJ serves patients from Aberdeen, East Brunswick, Manalapan, Matawan, Marlboro, Monroe, Parlin. Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, Spotswood, Lawrence Harbor, Cliffwood Beach, and throughout New Jersey.


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