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Dry Eyes: 10 Home Remedies to Relieve Dry Eyes

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Dry Eyes Home Remedies

Dry eyes is a common eye condition that affects millions of people around the world. Even though it is not usually a serious eye problem, it may decrease the quality of life.

Due to the increased electronic devices use in the last 2 decades, dry eye syndrome has become a common problem among people, especially among those who live in cities.

If you have a dry eye problem that indicates your tear glands do not produce sufficient amount of tear to lubricate the surface of your eyes or the quality of tear is poor.

This eye condition can manifest itself with various symptoms. According to Mayo Clinicthe following are the common symptoms of dry eyes. 

♠ A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes

♣ Stringy mucus in or around your eyes

♠ Sensitivity to light

♣ Red eyes

♠ A feeling of having something in the eyes

♣ Water eyes

♠ Blurred vision or eye fatigue

There can be various reasons why your eyes get dry out. Electronic devices, ageing, use of certain medications, smoking, environmental factors, dehydration are only a couple of causes of dry eyes

The good news is that there are certain methods you can do to relieve the symptoms associated with dry eyes. 

In this article, we are going to discover 10 natural ways to relieve dry eye syndrome. In general, these methods are effective and are likely to provide relief to your eyes. 

Note: if you have severe eye pain or if you suffer from dry eyes for an extended period of time, we strongly recommend you visiting your eye doctor to get the most suitable treatment. 


1- Rest Your Eyes

The fact is that electronic devices, for instance, computers, tablets, smartphones have made our life easy. They are now an inseparable part of life. 

However, the problems start when you spend too much time looking at the screen of these devices. According to eye doctors; gazing at screens long hours bring about various eye problems, including dry eyes. 

You might have to look at your computer screen for long hours due to your work. But, if you don’t give time to your eyes to rest, they will get dry eventually. 

According to Mayo Clinic, one of the best ways to rest your eyes is taking occasional breaks and looking away from the digital screen.

Rest your eyes as much as you can by looking at distant places to prevent dry eyes.


2- Blink More

As mentioned in the previous section prolonged computer and smartphone use make people susceptible to this eye condition. Why people’s eyes dry out due to electronic devices use is explained with decreased blinking rate whilst using these devices.

You may not realise, but your blink rate decreases as you focus on the screen. As a result of this decrease blinking rate, the tear that keeps your eyes moist evaporates too quickly, which in turn brings about dry eye syndrome.

Blink frequently while gazing at your computer screen and other screens. It might seem unnatural, but will be effective.


3- Stay Hydrated

As you might have guessed, one of the most common causes of dry eyes is dehydration. If your daily water consumption is not enough, your body can dry out as a result.

Your lips, your skin, your hair and indeed your eyes are the main parts of the body affected most dry due to dehydration. 

The solution is to drink plenty of water during the day, means, between 8 to 12 glasses every day. This will enable your eyes to stay lubricated and healthy.


4- Use a Humidifier

Another factor that might cause this eye condition is a low level of indoor moisture. Especially, in the winter months due to the use of heating tools, the humidity level of indoor spaces tend to be inadequate, and that consequently sets the stage for dry eyes.

To avoid this problem, you can use a humidifier to add moisture to indoor air. If you don’t have a humidifier device, as an alternative, you can put a bowl of water on your heater to provide extra moisture to the air.


5- Sleep Well

If you suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep deprivation, you are more vulnerable to develop dry eyes compared to someone who gets restorative sleep every night. 

According to a study; sleep deprivation causes dry eyes by reducing tear secretion. While a couple of sleepless night can be tolerated by your body, long-term sleep deprivation can take a toll on your health, including on your eyes. 

Therefore, create the best environment to get restorative sleep each night, that in turn, will reduce the risk of developing dry eyes.


6-Avoid Cigarette Smoke

Unfortunately, smoking damages your eyes both internally and externally. The chemicals inside the tobacco products damage your eyes when you inhale the smoke while tobacco smoke irritates your eyes externally.

Therefore, quitting is the best option if you are inclined to protect your eye health. However, if you continue to smoke, at least make sure your eyes don’t expose to tobacco smoke.


7- Eat More Omega-3 

Experts emphasise the effectiveness of omega-3 containing foods when it comes to treating dry eyes.

As it is stated in the report; omega-3 fatty acids have the dryeye-relieving property. 

Omega-3 rich foods are fish, nuts – seeds, flaxseed oil and soybean oil.


8- Avoid Wind

Exposure to strong wind can cause tears on the surface of the eyes to evaporate too quickly, and this paves the way for dry eyes.

Exposure to not only outside wind but also anything that blows your face for instance; hairdryer or fan do the same.

With this in mind, consider wearing sunglasses outside that can block the strong wind. Furthermore, protect your eyes against the hairdryer machine and fans to prevent the risk of developing dry eyes.


9-  Wash Eyelids

Putting a warm ( not burning ) cloth on your eyes then washing the eyelids, with baby shampoo if possible, can help the clogged tear ducks to release some natural eye oils, and that can provide relief for your eyes.

Baby shampoo is designed not to irritate the eyes, nonetheless, be sure you completely rinse the shampoo from the eyes.


10- Vitamin A – D 

Vitamin A and vitamin D deficiencies are known to cause dry eyes.

As such, if you complain about this eye condition, you might be lacking one of these vitamins.

If you eat these two important vitamins as much as your body requires, you can minimise the risk of dryeyes.