How to Prevent Eye Irritation
To prevent dryness, avoid exposure to smoke and air from heaters, fans or air conditioners blowing into your eyes. When you’re working at a computer for long stretches, take frequent breaks and blink often. To avoid bacterial and viral infections, wash your hands often, especially before inserting and removing contact lenses, and avoid touching your eyes. Don’t share cosmetics, towels or washcloths, and change your pillowcases frequently.
“If you get allergy-related irritation, consider staying inside more often during allergy season, and investing in hypoallergenic bedding,” says naturopathic doctor Natasha Montroy. “Nutritionally, drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help lubricate the eyes.”
See your doctor within 24 to 48 hours if irritation is accompanied by eye pain, vision changes or loss, eyelid swelling, nausea or headache.