According to the National Eye Institute, dry eye affects millions of adults in the United States. It occurs when tears fail to keep the surface of the eye lubricated. Dry eye can be irritating, frustrating and even painful. Symptoms include stinging, burning, discharge, redness and blurred vision. If you are experiencing dry eye, a natural remedy might help.
Here are eight home remedies for dry eyes:
1. Use A Humidifier
Dry air can contribute to dry eyes, especially during the winter months. Invest in a humidifier to add moisture to their air and relieve dry eyes.
2. Drink More Water
Every part of your body needs water to function properly, including your eyes! Make sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day.
3. Try A Warm Compress
A warm compress can help soften the oils that can clog up the tear glands, which leads to dry eyes. Use a warm compress for at least one minute, then lightly press the edge of your eyelid to help remove clogged oils.
Staring at a T.V, computer or smart phone screen for hours on end can lead to dry eyes. Unplug every once in a while to give your eyes a break. If unplugging isn’t an option, move your eyes to focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This will force you to blink and re-wet your eyes, as well as give your eyes a short break.
5. Blink Often
Blinking comes naturally, but if you’re caught up in staring at a screen all day for work, you could be blinking less frequently. If you’re eyes are dry, pay attention to how often you blink and try to increase the frequency.
6. Consume Omega-3 fatty Acids
Eating foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can help promote healthy eye glands. Add walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, help seeds, natto and egg yolks to your diet to fill up on omega-3’s.
7. Limit Sugar Intake
According to the 12th Annual Diabetes Report, at least half of all patients with diabetes also exhibit dry eye symptoms. Reducing your sugar intake can also help reduce your dry eye symptoms.
8. Reduce Direct Breeze
Air that blows directly into your eyes can irritate them and make dry eyes much worse. If you are in the path of a fan or an air conditioning vent, move the fan or re-position yourself out of the direct air path.
Review of Optometry
National Eye Institute