All those factors that make dry eyes worse

Dry eyes can be occasional or chronic. It comes from a decrease in tear production, which naturally moisturizes the surface of the eye. Symptoms can range from burning, tingling, or sticky eyelids upon waking in the morning. This is a phenomenon often associated with aging.

But there are environmental factors you can change to reduce occasional dry eyes and prevent them from making chronic dry eyes worse.

Although these are simple measures, they can ultimately improve your quality of life and reduce your daily discomfort.

Reduce the time you spend in front of screens and take regular breaks to rest your eyes.

Wearing blue-blocking glasses at night reduces eye fatigue and can also help increase your melatonin production before bed.

Closing your eyes for a few minutes or blinking your eyelids a few times can help distribute your basal tears more evenly across your eyes.

Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke can help relieve symptoms.

Wrap-around sunglasses protect your eyes from the wind. Wear waterproof swimming goggles when swimming in fresh and salt water. Stop wearing contact lenses or limit their use.

Elevate your seat relative to your computer so your eyes look down at the screen and minimize eye exposure.

Adjust your air conditioning and fans so the air doesn’t hit you in the face.

Prevention and natural support against dry eyes: omega-3 and astaxanthin

Your body starts using omega-3 fatty acids before you are born because they help develop your eyesight. These benefits continue into adulthood, and omega-3 fatty acids can be an effective remedy for dry eyes.

In a study involving more than 450 participants, a daily dose of 360 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 240 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) reduced dry eye symptoms in people whose condition was made worse by computer use.

At the end of the three-month study, people taking an omega-3 supplement had significantly fewer symptoms and excessive tear evaporation had decreased. In another study using fish oil and flaxseed oil, 70% of participants were symptom-free after three months because the supplements visibly increased tear production.

You can increase your omega-3 levels by eating foods like wild salmon, sardines, and anchovies, or by taking a fish oil supplement.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid produced by a form of microalgae. This pigment is used by the alga to protect itself from the environment when there is a shortage of water. It is this carotenoid that gives salmon, shrimp, lobster, and crab their pink color.

The highest concentrations are found in the muscle of wild salmon, and biologists believe this gives the fish the endurance needed to swim against the current for long periods of time.

This powerful antioxidant protects your eyes by preventing unstable molecules from damaging cells and boosts your immune system by increasing the number and activity of macrophages and T cells. Astaxanthin also protects your eyes from macular degeneration, blindness and cataracts.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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