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Dry eyes

Dry eyes is a common problem that can be caused by things like wind, air conditioning and wearing contact lenses.

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.

Read more on the NHS website.

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

Check if you have dry eyes

You may have dry eyes if your eyes are:

Read more on the NHS website.

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.

Self-care


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

Medical treatments

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

Read more on the NHS website.