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How Your Lifestyle Is Giving You Dry Eyes

Eye Exam Santa Rosa, CAHaving dry eyes can be a frustrating and annoying experience. The dry and gritty feeling created by having dry eyes can get in the way of your everyday activities. You may not realize it, but some of your current habits could be creating your dry eye problem.


We all know that cigarette smoke is terrible for your lungs, but it can also be awful for your eyes. Smoking or even just being near smoke can make your eyes sting, burn, or feel scratchy.

Not wearing proper eye protection

When you go outside without sunglasses, your eyes are helplessly exposed to the sun and wind. Find a close fitting pair of sunglasses that have side frames and wear them all the time when you go outdoors.

Looking at screens

In a day and age when smart devices and computers are in constant use for school, work, and entertainment, it can seem hard to let your eyes catch a break. If you are constantly at a computer desk, initiate the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Doing this will force you eyes to blink more and feel less dry.

Allergy medications

Allergy medications will often dry up tears, making it more difficult for your eyes to get rid of allergens.

Using Eye Makeup

Sometimes mascara or eyeliner can actually block the tear glands in your eyes, making them swollen and painful. When you wear eyeliner along the inside of your eyes, you can risk getting bacteria in your eyes as well.

Living in a dry area

If you reside in an arid climate, you may have unusually dry eyes. To help your eyes feel better at home, use a humidifier. You may also want to consider using an air filter if you live in an area with a lot of dust.

Arrange a consultation

If you suffer from dry eyes, arrange a consultation with Eye Care Institute. You can reach our office in Petaluma or Santa Rosa, California by calling us at (707) 546-9800. We look forward to helping you!

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