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What Causes Dry Eyes?

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What Causes Dry Eyes?

Understanding Dry Eyes

Having your eyes feel dryer than a bucket of sand can be annoying—and painful. It’s also very common and, in most cases, easily managed.

Dry Eyes Symptoms

Common symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • itchy eyes
  • irritated eyes
  • scratchy eyes 

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Common causes of dry eyes include everyday things like:

  • staring at your computer/TV/phone screen for too long
  • spending a lot of time in air-conditioned/heated rooms
  • cigarette smoke
  • wind and sun
  • certain medicines like antihistamines and some antidepressants
  • contact lenses
  • eye surgeries, such as LASIK

How to Get Dry Eye Relief

Ways to help relieve your mild dry eye symptoms include: 

  • taking frequent breaks from screen-watching. Try the 20-20-20 Rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes and stare at something 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
  • drinking more water
  • using a humidifier
  • wearing sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes from wind and sun
  • eye drops for dry eyes, like VISINE Tears® Dry Eye Relief

FYI: When using eye drops for dry eye, make sure they’re not meant to treat red, bloodshot eyes—those could make your dry eyes feel even worse