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Can dry eyes be prevented?

Dry eyes may sometimes be prevented by avoiding the environmental factors that contribute to the condition and by taking precautions to protect your eyes. Smoke and wind can cause dry eyes or make them worse, as can high altitude or dry conditions. You can also take simple steps to protect your eyes such as blinking more frequently, particularly when reading or working with a computer screen, wearing sunglasses or goggles and, if you smoke, quitting. But some causes of dry eyes, like hormone changes, can't be prevented.

Additionally, research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help keep your eyes moisturized. There are several foods that can add more of these acids to your body, so changing your diet may help your dry eyes. Eating many types of fish, including tuna and salmon, canola and soybean oils, and walnuts can help add omega-3 fatty acid to your diet.

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