How can I prevent getting dry eyes?


You can prevent dry eye disease with simple measures.

Follow the 20-20-20 rule 

Remember, if you’re someone who spends long hours in front of screens, remember the rule of 20-20-20. So every 20 minutes, stop for 20 seconds and blink 20 times. This is a very simple way to address eye strain, from looking at the computer for a long time…

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Try a heated eye mask

The other treatment involves usuing a heated eye mask. We know that the majority of people with dry eyes have a disease of oily glands in their eyelids. By just heating up those glands and massaging them, expressing them, suddenly you’ll find the eyes feel more comfortable because you’re allowing that oil to express nicely and smoothly from these glands and lubricate the eye surface.

Improve your environment

Environmental improvements can help dry eyes. Try to have little exposure to wind and air conditioning. You can change environments around work and use humidifiers. There are so many ways that you can improve the environment you’re in.

Be careful with medication

This is a first-line suggestion to make your dry eye disease better.

Sometimes patients don’t realize that taking some medications, for example, antihistamine, which you take for hay fever, can make dry eye worse.

Therefore, the first thing we do is ask you what medications you’re taking and we try to work around those to see if we can stop them or suggest alternatives with your GP.  It’s important to eliminate all those factors that contribute to dry eye disease.

About the expert

Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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