published Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Ask a Doctor: Anything I can do for tired eyes?

Q: I work on a computer, and by the end of the day my eyes are tired and blurry. Eye drops haven't helped much. Is there anything else I can do?

A: You probably have dry eye syndrome, which affects 10 percent to 15 percent of adults, women more commonly than men. Other symptoms are eyes burning, a gritty or scratchy feeling, light sensitivity and even excess tearing and secretions. Causes include age, arthritis and other autoim-mune disorders, contact lenses, allergies, previous eye surgery and having heat, air conditioning or a fan blowing on you. Also, many people do not blink enough when reading or using the computer. You can improve the way your eyes feel by limiting the amount of time you wear your contact lenses, avoiding drafts blowing across your face and using a humidifier near your bedside at night. Lubricating eye drops every morning and every night before bed can help. If these things don't help, your ophthalmologist can prescribe an eye drop called Restasis or block the drainage of your tears using punctal plugs.

-- Dr. Paula Nicola, EyeCare Chattanooga; member, Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society

Readers: To submit a question for a medical doctor, email it to Clint Cooper at ccooper@timesfreepress.com. See this space each week for answers.

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