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6 Lifestyle Tips to Help Dry Eye

The COVID19 pandemic has encouraged people all over the world to reconsider the importance of health and wellbeing in their day-to-day lives. But did you know healthy eating and positive lifestyle choices can also be great for improving your eye health? 


Patients suffering from Dry Eye often look first towards eye drops to alleviate their symptoms. Whilst artificial tears and other medication is an essential part of many people’s journey towards managing their condition, there are also many lifestyle choices that you can make to ease symptoms of Dry Eye.


FAQs About Your Lifestyle and Dry Eye


What aggravates Dry Eye?

External factors may aggravate Dry Eye symptoms, including conditions common in many workplaces such as prolonged computer use and exposure to air conditioning, heating, dust and allergens.[1]


Does drinking water help dry eyes?

Rehydrating with plenty of water can help your Dry Eye. If you are dehydrated, the body’s reaction is to preserve the fluid still left in your body by conserving water. This can cause a lack of tear production, which can cause your eyes to feel more dry.[2]


What should I avoid if I have Dry Eye?

  • Avoid air conditioning blowing directly in your eyes
  • Add moisture to the air with a humidifier
  • Consider wearing wraparound sunglasses or other protective eyewear
  • Take eye breaks during long tasks
  • Be aware of your environment
  • Position your computer screen below eye level
  • Stop smoking and avoid smoky areas
  • Use artificial tears regularly



Is Dry Eye worse at night?

Dry Eye symptoms can become worse at night. This could be due to fatigue from using your eyes all day, changes in your metabolism at night, and certain medical conditions.[4]


Does wearing sunglasses help with Dry Eye?

Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from elements like wind, sun and dust. Therefore your eyes are better protected and less likely to become irritated and dry. Wrap around sunglasses offer the best protection for your eyes as they cover a larger area.[5]


Here are 7 lifestyle changes that are easy to implement and can help keep your eyes healthy and hydrated.



It might seem obvious that eating healthily can help your body absorb vitamins, but it can be useful to know which foods to prioritise to ease a chronic condition. Some foods that are good for Dry Eye include: 


  • Fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel which are all rich in omega 3.


  • Leafy greens like spinach, kale, broccoli and brussel sprouts that are packed full of antioxidants 


  • Fruit and veg like oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots that contain vitamins A, C and E.[6]


  • Seeds and nuts like chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts and almonds are packed with vitamins 



food for dry eye


Drinking less alcohol

Alcohol and dry eyes go hand in hand. Consuming lots of alcohol can have a negative effect on your eyes, as it dehydrates the eyes and therefore makes it harder to produce tears.[8] It can even make it more difficult for your body to absorb vitamins and have a healthy digestion, which can also affect your eye health.[9]


Therefore cutting down your alcohol intake can help ease your Dry Eye symptoms. Even simply consuming alcohol on weekends only can help!

alcohol and dry eye


Cutting down on screen time

We’ve all felt the urge to rub our eyes after staring at a screen for too long. Well, this is because when looking at screens, we blink less often, which dries out our eyes.[10] Lots of computer use and looking at digital screens affect how quickly our tears evaporate.


The main reason for increased evaporation is that we blink far less frequently when looking at screens, compared to other daily activities. In fact, studies have shown that we blink 66% less when using a computer compared to other activities!


Reducing the amount you look at screens would be the first thing to try, but if you need to use screens for work or in your personal life, the 20,20,20 method for screen use is great to protect your eyes. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds![11]


Vitamin supplements 

If you are suffering from chronic Dry Eye, or even mild Dry Eye, you should always consult your GP before changing your diet or starting any new treatment. But if you are struggling to obtain the nutrients you need to protect your eyes in your diet, then food supplements can sometimes be a good option. COQUN® OS capsules enhances the body’s absorption of CoQ10 through the modified timed release of the active ingredient, an antioxidant that protects against stress and inflammation in the eyes. 


Coenzyme Q10 not only strengthens eye health, but can also boost full body health for people over 60 whose natural levels begin to deplete, as it provides cells with maximum energy and protection throughout the whole body.[12]

vitamins for dry eye


Drinking more water

Like the rest of the body, eyes become dry when dehydrated. So, drinking enough water can help to keep them hydrated and help to ease Dry Eye symptoms. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.[13]


Getting enough sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is good for your health full stop. In fact, many health conditions can be exacerbated by not getting enough rest. Symptoms of Dry Eye can even be worse at night due to the eyes having been open all day and receiving less nutrients at night. If you suffer from Blepharitis or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, cleansing your eyes at night with a cleanser like Naviblef®, or using a warming device like Meibopatch® are both great ways to make sure your symptoms don’t flare up at night.



Whether it’s in your bedroom, home office or living room, a humidifier for your dry eyes can really help. It adds moisture to the air, which protects your tear film and makes sure the eyes don’t become as dry. You can find humidifiers from many places for a relatively low cost, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for a simple home remedy to try. 

Overall, it’s best to have a treatment plan which encompasses medication like VisuXL® eye drops, as well as healthy lifestyle choices, to maximise the chance of reducing Dry Eye symptoms and maintaining a great quality of life. 

humidifier for dry eye


In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

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  5. Slater, Marcus. ‘Why Sunglasses Will Help Keep Eyes Healthy Over Winter’, 20/11/21, Accessed July 2022.
  6. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Jan 2020, Accessed September 2021
  7. Dry Eye And Me, ‘8 Foods to Eat If You Have Dry Eye’, Accessed July 2022<br />
  8. You, Young-Sheng, Qu, Nai-Bin, Yu, Xiao-Ning, ‘Alcohol consumption and dry eye syndrome: a Meta-analysis’, International Journey of Opthamology, 2016; 9(10): 1487–1492. Accessed December 2021
  9. Selina Pfitscher, ‘The Effects of Alcohol on Your Vision’, Lenstore Vision Hub, 13/02/21, Accessed Dec 2021
  10. Wheeler, Regina Boyle. ‘Dry Eye and Screen Use’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed Oct 2021
  11. Marcin, Ashley, ‘How Does the 20-20-20 Rule Prevent Eye Strain?’, Healthline, Accessed July 2022
  12. Coqun OS Instructions for Use (IFU)
  13. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’, Accessed Sep 2021


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