No one wants dry eyes, but many people don’t realize how easy it is to keep your eyes moist. Just a few changes in your life can make all the difference. You may even be surprised at how much things improve with tears.

You’ll be able to see better. There are two reasons you’ll have better eyesight with properly lubricated eyes. First, tears work to refract light away from your eye. The effect is better vision. Since direct rays can cause irritation and make it difficult to distinguish details, it’s best to have proper lubrication.

Second, if you wear contacts, dry eyes may make it impossible to use them. You won’t be able to see as well without your contacts, even if you switch to glasses.

Keep your eyes safe. Your eyes are quite vulnerable to damage. When you don’t have enough tears, your eyes develop friction. Just blinking or using your contacts can cause serious injuries, including ulcers or scratches on your eyeball.

Dust can also get into your eye, despite frequent blinking. Debris will scratch the eyeball, too, and may cause ulcers. Tears wash dirt and dust out of your eyes.

Stay comfortable. Dry eyes are not fun. You’ll have redness and they’ll feel scratchy and unpleasant. If you wear contacts, the discomfort will be more pronounced. Fortunately, you can combat this by using Acuvue Moist contacts. They are designed to hold in moisture and to prevent drying out your eyes. Since contacts have the tendency to increase dryness, you may want to try a different type of lens, such as the Acuvue Moist.

Apart from wearing the right contacts, you can help your body maintain moisture in the eyes. Drink plenty of water. Most people are actually dehydrated the majority of the time. Without enough liquid in the body, it’s impossible for your eyes to stay wet. You can’t produce tears from nothing.

You may also need to help your body out by applying fake tears. The drops found in stores have one of two purposes, to lubricate or to reduce redness and irritation. You should avoid the medication options, as they are not necessary for simple lubrication. Instead, opt for the drops that replace tears. They will replicate the slippery consistency of real tears and allow your eyes to function as usual.

Blocked tear ducts are a common issue and may occur when the lipids in the tears are too thick. The simplest way to eliminate this problem is to apply moist heat to the area. Wet a washcloth or towel under warm water and wring it out. Place the cloth over your eyes. The tear ducts are located near the inner corners of your eyes, so it is important that this area is warmed. After about 10 minutes, gently massage the area on either side of the bridge of your nose to help the tears flow again.

Taking care of your eyes is important. Be sure that your tear ducts are functioning and choose contacts that will maintain moisture. You’ll be more comfortable and able to see better, as well.

About the Author

Daniel Peterson is an eye specialist. He frequently writes about how to keep your eyes healthy on health blogs.