How can I improve my dry eyes at home?

On your own, you can take these steps to improve dry eye:

  • Humidify the bedroom to at least 40 percent humidity when you are sleeping (when tear production is lowest). This can be measured with a humidity meter (hygrometer) on the nightstand. Humidity may be very low (less than 25 percent) during the winter when the heater is on, and this worsens the dry eye condition.
  • You can take alpha omega fatty acids or fish oil or flaxseed oil orally (by mouth) to improve dry eye.
  • Take frequent breaks when you are doing something that requires close concentration (such as using a computer or reading), and blink frequently.
  • Take artificial tears frequently.
  • Wear sunglasses when you are outside to protect your eyes from wind and sun.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/30/2019.

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