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What do I need to know about caring for someone with dry eyes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You may not need medical treatment for some eye dryness, but if you experience persistent irritation, fatigue, or redness of the eyes, you should talk to your doctor. These symptoms may be caused by an inadequate amount of tears or poor tear quality. There are a number of treatment options that can be effective for relieving the condition.

Caring for someone with dry eyes can mean helping create an environment that does not make the condition worse. Using a humidifier can help keep moisture in the air. Changes to a person's diet, such as drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day and eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, can also help. 

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