Lubricating drops can ease the aggravation of dry eyes. An eye exam can pinpoint the cause of dry eyes and what kind of drop is needed. Daily gentle cleaning of the eyelid edges may be needed for dry eyes associated with inflamed and clogged oil glands under the eyelids. Avoid fans that blow air across the eyes, and use a humidifier if your home or sleeping environment is dry. If lubricating drops, gels, or ointments don’t relieve dry eyes, additional steps, such as a medication or procedures to increase moisture in the eyes, may be needed.
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