At home / work
- Ensure an ideal indoor climate with optimum humidity, e.g. by using humidifiers.
- Provide sufficient fresh air, e.g. by regular rigorous airing of work and living spaces. This can also be achieved by occasionally leaving the working space or dwelling.
- Throughout the day take in an adequate amount of fluid of at least 1.5 liters. Hydration is a key element to a normal tear production. Alcoholic beverages should not be considered in the daily fluid intake as they dehydrate the body.
When frequently using digital media
- Blink: Consciously remember to lubricate your eyes by blinking regularly. For example, a note that you attach to the screen can remind you to do this. Take short breaks from time to time in which you blink rapidly. This stimulates the production of tears.
- Regular breaks: Give your eyes a rest. In the office, it is best to take a break from looking at the screen once an hour for a few minutes. Use the time to look out of the window.
- Oxygen: Your eyes need oxygen to recover. Air the room several times during the day if you are indoors. A short walk outside would be even better.
- Reduce the use of digital media in your spare time: Instead of watching a series on your tablet go for a walk after work. Also, limit the use of your smartphone to the bare minimum. Even small changes in the way you use digital media mean more rest for your eyes.
In the car
- Do not direct the ventilation at your face as the constant draught can irritate the eyes and cause the ocular surface to dry out even further.
- Do not drive with the windows open or, if you do, protect your eyes with (sun)glasses.
- Do not drive with the air conditioning switched on continuously as it dehumidifies the air.
During leisure time
- Use goggles whilst swimming to avoid irritation from the contact with chlorine.
- On windy days or in direct sunlight protect the eyes with (sun)glasses that ideally have side shields to provide extra protection of the ocular surface from draught.
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