Eye Health Tip of the Week – Jan. 4, 2013

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Eye Tip

Dry eye factors or agitating contributors, part 2

Extended visual tasks such as prolonged computer use.

Systemic medications that have drying effects, antihistamines, diuretics, antidepressants, some sleep aids, etc.

Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Lengthy exposure to dry air, such as desert, southwest or windy climates.

Extreme use of forced-air heat or air conditioning.

Air pollutants such as tobacco smoke or exhaust fumes.

Contact lens wear and refractive surgery.

Dietary intake of less than eight glasses of water daily.

Increased intake of soft drinks or caffeine itself.

Tears consists of three layers: aqueaux, mucin, and lipid. Each of these has its own function.

When eyes and lids itch, use cold/wet soaks. At work, use restroom paper towels. When at home, do not let anyone else use that towel.

If no relief fairly soon, you should see a doctor.

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