Dry Eyes

Symptoms of dry eyes include itchy, sore, gritty and red eyes.

You can help dry eyes by not using a computer for too long or avoiding smoky places. A pharmacist can advise about things like eye drops.

You may have dry eyes if your eyes are:

  • itchy
  • sore
  • gritty
  • red
  • blurry
  • sensitive to light
  • more watery than normal

Do

  • keep your eyes clean

  • take breaks to rest your eyes when using a computer screen

  • make sure your computer screen is at eye level so you do not strain your eyes

  • use a humidifier to stop the air getting dry

  • get plenty of sleep to rest your eyes

  • if you wear contact lenses, take them out and wear glasses to rest your eyes


Don't

  • do not smoke or drink too much alcohol

  • do not spend too long in smoky, dry or dusty places

  • do not spend too long in air conditioned or heated rooms

  • do not stop taking a prescribed medicine without getting medical advice first – even if you think it's causing your symptoms

A pharmacist may be able to tell you:

  • what you can do to treat it yourself – such as cleaning and protecting your eyes
  • if you can buy anything to help – such as eye drops, gels, ointments or allergy medicines
  • if you need to see an optician or GP

Page last reviewed: 17-12-2018
Next review due:17-12-2021

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