Sorry, I just had to put an eyedrop in my eyes from staring at the computer too long typing this answer for you.
Symptoms of Dry Eyes:
- Stinging, burning, scratchiness sensation in your eyes
- Overflow of tearing
- Feeling of that something is in the eye
- Blurred vision, usually worsening at the end of the day
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Eye fatigue after short periods of reading
- Difficulty in wearing contact lenses
Especially when you are staring at your computer screen for long hours, you are probably very concentrated in what you are doing and thus amplifying the problem by forgetting to blink. Remind yourself to blink while you are on your computer or while using your cell phone to text or surf the internet.
You can also go to the nearby drugstore to purchase preservative-free artificial tears. There are several brands on the market that are available without prescription. Many people try different brands to find one that they like the best. Preservative-free does not have preservatives, so try to use up each vial within one day. If you do not open the vial, it can keep for a long time.
In some instances where the dry eyes are more severe, your ophthalmologist may perform a procedure where the channels to your tear duct are closed temporarily or permanently to create a reservoir of tears. This procedure takes less than 1 minute and is minimal discomfort. They may also prescribe Restasis which is only available through prescription.