Everyday solutions for dealing with dry eyes

Q:I have been suffering with dry eyes for the past few years. They’re getting progressively worse. I am wondering if Pycnogenol would be helpful for this condition. Yes, I have to look at computer screens all day long, but have lowered the contrast and try to remember to blink often. I would appreciate any suggestions you would have in this matter. Thank you for your time.”

Dr. Fred:

Staying well hydrated really is the key for dealing with dry eyes. So making sure that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day is by far your simplest solution.

But yes, taking Pycnogenol is another excellent idea. (For this purpose, I usually recommend a dose in the range of 100 mg per day.) Fish oils and vitamin E—to the tune of 3,000 mg of EPA/DHA and 800 IU of vitamin E daily—can be very helpful, too.

You can also do what I do, and squirt some saline into your eyes, several times throughout the day.

Again, super simple and it works like a charm.