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In most cases, it is possible to find relief for dry eye. The treatment recommended will depend on how bothersome the condition is and what is causing it. Suggestions for relief of mild symptoms include blinking several times a minute while working on the computer or reading, protecting your eyes from wind, and using a humidifier. For more extreme cases, treatment may be possible with artificial tears, eye ointment, or surgery.
People with dry eyes may complain that their eyes are red, burn, and itch. People say it feels like they have sand in their eyes. Also, vision may be blurry, and bright light (especially fluorescent lighting) might bother you. There are many causes of dry eyes.
Dry eye relief is possible in most cases. The treatment recommended will depend on how bothersome the dry eyes are and what is causing them. For mild dry eye relief, some of the suggestions discussed in this article may be effective. For others, dry eye treatment may be found with:
- Artificial tears
- Eye ointment
Artificial tears can help with treating dry eye. They come in different thicknesses, so you may have to experiment to find the right one. Some drops contain preservatives that might irritate your eyes. Drops without preservatives don't usually cause any problems. Non-preserved tears typically come in single-dose packages to prevent contamination with bacteria.
At night, an eye ointment might provide more relief for dry eyes. Ointments are thicker than artificial tears, and moisturize and protect the eye for several hours. However, they may blur your vision, which is why some people prefer to use them while they sleep.