A number of drugs in different diseases can cause dry eye by decreasing tear production or reduce the amount of fats in the tear film. They are usually blood pressure medications, allergy medications, antidepressants and drugs used for acne (pimples). If you are diagnosed with dry eye disease and you need to use one or more of such drugs, we advise you to contact your general physician to determine whether you can stop taking the drugs, reduce the dose or switch to another drug that is not associated with dry eyes.
Research shows that consumption of omega 3 fatty acids through diet or supplements can counteract inflammation and dry eyes.
Dry eye disease due to increased evaporation of the tear film can occur in indoor climate with low humidity and high airflow caused by heating and use of ventilation. Generally an indoor relative humidity of 20-40% at room temperature of 20-22 ° C is recommended. The humidity can be increased by example. reducing the fan speed of the ventilation system and use the humidifier for a limited time during the day.
Dry eye disease due to increased evaporation of the tear film due to display usage is a common problem in today’s technological society. The condition is also called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The reason for the increased evaporation is that blink rate is reduced when looking at screens. The evaporation can be reduced by adapting the screen, table and chair by the user. Make sure to have 50-70 cm distance between eye and monitor, angle the monitor 15 to 20 degrees backwards; and let the middle of the screen in 15 to 30 degree angle under the eye horizontal line. Furthermore, it is recommended to decrease screen brightness, use filter glasses, use artificial tears and take frequent breaks so that your eyes can rest.