Many people get dry eyes. It’s not usually serious and there are things you can do to help.
You may have dry eyes if your eyes are:
You can get dry eyes if you do not make enough tears or your tears dry up quickly.
You may be more likely to get dry eyes if:
clean your eyelids every day
take breaks to rest your eyes when using a computer screen
make sure your computer screen is just below eye level
use a humidifier to stop the air getting dry
if you wear contact lenses, take them out and wear glasses to rest your eyes
do not smoke or drink too much alcohol
do not spend too long in smoky, dry or dusty places
do not spend too long in air conditioned or heated rooms
do not stop taking a prescribed medicine without getting medical advice first – even if you think it’s causing your symptoms
A pharmacist may be able to tell you:
They can check what the cause might be and recommend treatment for it.
If an optician or GP cannot find a cause, they may refer you to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for tests.
You can call 111 or get help from 111 online.
Page last reviewed: 06-12-2021
Next review due:06-12-2024