What Helps Dry Eye?

October 15, 2023

Dry eye is a common problem that affects almost all of us occasionally, especially on windy days, in dry environments, and after a long time looking at a screen. For some people, though, chronic dry eye is a frustrating problem that affects many aspects of their lives. A customized dry eye treatment plan can help you achieve relief. 

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eye can have many causes. The most common are related to the quality or amount of tears. Your tears consist of several layers, and problems with any of these layers can lead to tears that do not keep your eyes moist. Women, especially post-menopausal women, are more likely to experience the condition, but it can affect anyone. It can be caused by many medical conditions, environmental factors, medical conditions, and more. 

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What Helps Dry Eye?

Since dry eye has many different causes, your Heart of Texas Eye Care team will develop a treatment plan that works for you. We listen to you and work to understand which treatments fit your lifestyle and give you relief. 

Artificial Tears

Artificial tears are often a first-line dry eye treatment because they are safe and have a very low risk of side effects. They replace your missing or non-functional tears and can be purchased over the counter, making them cost-effective and easily available. 

Warm Compresses

One of the most common causes of dry eye is a blockage of glands that secrete the oil component of your tears. These Meibomian glands are found along the edges of your eyelids. Warm compresses are a gentle, cost-free way to achieve relief. 

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Medicated Eye Drops

Medicated eye drops are often used to treat inflammation that inhibits tear formation. They can improve the amount and quality of your tears even if you have not responded to other methods, but they have a higher risk of side effects. 

Lifestyle Factors

Many things in your environment can make your eyes dry. Heating and air conditioning can dry the air so you may benefit from a humidifier. Ceiling fans are a common culprit as the increased air movement can increase the drying of the moisture on the eyes.  Wraparound sunglasses can protect your eyes from windy weather, sun, and dust. Smoking is also a strong risk factor. 


Omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with decreased inflammation and improved tear production. They are found in many fish, including salmon and tuna, or can be taken as a supplement. These fatty acids have many other benefits as well. 

In-Office Procedures

There are several types of in-office procedures that can be used to restore healthy tear production and provide long-lasting dry eye relief. We will discuss all your treatment options and determine which ones fit into your treatment plan. 

Most people with dry eye will benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan and appointments with an ophthalmologist to maintain consistently comfortable eyes. 

Dr. Lisa McIntire and her staff were wonderful, and my vision is better than 20/20 after getting my cataracts removed and replaced with refractive lenses! Dr. McIntire and her team let me know what to expect (medically and financially), and I felt very well taken care of!

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about dry eye treatment, schedule a consultation with our Heart of Texas Eye Care team, serving Dripping Springs, Austin, Kyle, Bee Cave, Marble Falls, and other surrounding areas. Contact us at (512) 213-2220 today!

*Individual results may vary