In many cases, the symptoms of dry eyes will go away on their own. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. In those cases, you may need to see your McAllen ophthalmologist for dry eye treatment, or you may be able to find relief at home using a few simple methods.

Medical treatment may be the only solution for some patients, but you can try the methods for at-home dry eye relief below to see if they work for you.

1. Warm Compresses

One of the top methods for relieving dry eyes at home is a warm compress. The warmth and humidity of the compress can help break up small build-ups of oil in your tear ducts, allowing tears to flow. Compresses can also increase the circulation in your eye area, helping to stimulate tear production. Using a compress can also give your eyes some much-needed rest.

To use a warm compress, start by heating a bowl of clean water. Use a clean, lint-free cloth for your compress. Soak the cloth in the water and place it over your eyes. Keep the cloth in place for up to 10 minutes at a time. You can reheat the cloth in the water as needed. Repeat up to several times per day.

2. Use a Humidifier

Dry eyes can have many different causes, but one big one is a dry environment. If you’re living or working in a dry space, adding a humidifier might help you find dry eye relief. Humidifiers add moisture back into the air, helping to relieve your dry eye symptoms. Humidifiers can also help with other health concerns, such as dry skin, sinus congestion, dry sinuses, and dry throat.

3. Use Eye Drops

If you’re open to trying over-the-counter methods, you can use artificial tears from most stores. Artificial tears can help make up for a lack of tear production in your eyes. Look for eye drops with no preservatives to help protect your eyes from further irritation. Some people may experience further irritation when using eye drops with preservatives. If you experience worsening dry eye symptoms after using eye drops, reach out to your McAllen ophthalmologist for treatment.

4. Gently Wash

As we mentioned above, one big cause of dry eyes can be oil build-up. With that in mind, it makes sense that a gentle eyelid wash could help relieve your dry eye symptoms. Keep in mind that eyelids are incredibly sensitive, and you can’t wash them with harsh cleansers. 

To cleanse your eyelids, you’ll need to use a gentle cleanser like baby shampoo. Use a small dab of the cleanser and rub between your fingers before gently rubbing your closed eyelids, paying particular attention to the area directly above your eyelashes. Rinse with warm water. You can combine your eyelid wash with a warm compress for added relief.

5. Combat Triggers and Environmental Factors

Another way to relieve dry eyes is by cutting to the root of the problem: in some cases, dry eye symptoms can be caused by behavioral and environmental factors that you can change to get relief. Some common examples include cutting down on screen time, drinking more water, wearing sunglasses outside, cutting out smoking, cutting back on drinking, and making an effort to get better sleep.

Get McAllen Dry Eye Treatment at Gelman Vision

If your dry eye symptoms persist, get worse, or don’t respond to at-home remedies, it’s time to see your McAllen ophthalmologist for treatment. Here at Gelman Vision, we offer a variety of state-of-the-art dry eye treatments to help our patients find dry eye relief. The Lipiflow thermal massage can break up blockages in your glands that prevent the normal production of tears, and Vital Tears can help restore your eye’s natural tear film.

You don’t have to continue suffering from dry eye symptoms without hope. You can find comfort with McAllen dry eye treatment at Gelman Vision. 

If your dry eye symptoms won’t go away, come see a McAllen ophthalmologist at Gelman Vision to find dry eye relief.

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