Self Care: Dry / Sore Eyes

If you suffer from dry eyes/sore tired eyes, speak to your pharmacist about how they can support you manage the condition, in line with new NHS England guidance.


What can you do to help?

Follow the self-care measures below:

  • Protect your eyes from environmental factors (e.g. wind, hot air, smoke and dust) by wearing wrap around glasses.
  • If you wear contact lenses, take them out and wear glasses to rest your eyes.
  • Take breaks when using a computer and adjust screen to prevent strain.
  • Keep your eyes clean using the following methods:
  • Soak a flannel in warm water & gently press it on the area around your eyes - this makes the oil produced by the glands around your eyes more runny.
  • Gently massage your eyelids with your finger - this pushes the oils out of the glands.
  • Clean your eyelids by soaking cotton wool in freshly boiled and cooled water & gently wipe away any excess oil, crusts, bacteria, dust or grime that might have built up.
  • Use over the counter eye drops, gels or ointments to lubricate the eyes.

When should you see an optician?

  • If your dry/sore eye condition is not getting better after a few weeks of self care
  • Extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Very painful or red eyes
  • Changes in vision or the shape of your eyelid 

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