Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes produce insufficient or low quality tears, but there are home remedies for dry eyes that you can use to your aid. These are listed below and with the ever growing popularity of natural remedies – and even herbal remedies – it is only logical that we as well include some of them.
Having dry eyes simply means that your eyes are producing either low quantity or low quality tears – the liquid that helps to keep your eyes moist and free of dust and other debris, while fighting off harmful microorganisms.
Sometimes referred to as Dry Eye Syndrome or Dry Eye Disease, the condition is associated with symptoms such as eye dryness and reddening, an urge to scratch the eyes, feeling as though you have foreign objects in your eyes, and a burning sensation.
Dry eye syndrome is attributed to various factors that reduce the production of tears in the eyes and/or cause low secretion of oils in the meibomian glands, making the tears to evaporate very easily.
These include certain medications e.g. first generation antihistamines; living in dry, dusty and windy environment; heating and/or air-conditioning systems; less frequent blinking e.g. when using a computer, resulting in Computer Vision Syndrome; long-term use of contact lenses, and systemic diseases such as ocular rosacea, Sjogren’s syndrome (which also causes dry mouth) etc.
Some people also get dry eyes after (an Lasik abbreviation for Laser-Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis), a vison correction surgery. The best option in such a case is to talk to your surgeon.
Below is a list of some commonly used home remedies for dry eyes:
A humidifier is not only a great home remedy for nasal congestion but also dry eyes. It helps to add moisture in the air which in turn makes your tears to evaporate at a lower rate, consequently keeping your eyes comfortable.
Dry air is typical in winter due to low humidity and running of furnaces indoors. It may also occur in summer a result of the air conditioning.
Warm compresses are one of those simple remedies that are nevertheless very effective for curing of dry eye syndrome. They are in particular helpful for dry eyes caused by rosacea, blepharitis, or poor meibomian gland function.
According to Stephen Pflugfelder, an ophthalmologist based in Houston, Texas, applying a warm washcloth to the eyelids helps to liquefy any plugs that may be blocking the oil secreting meibomian glands.
This ensure that the tears reaching the surface of the eye have adequate amounts of oil and thus doesn’t evaporate at an unnatural rate.
Soap cleansing of eyelids also ranks among the easiest home remedies for dry eyes and is particularly helpful for dry eye syndrome that is accompanied by flaking of the skin along the eyelids; a classic symptom of blepharitis.
Blepharitis patients tend to have overactive meibomian glands which produces excessive oil, leading to blockage of the glands and thus poor quality tears – that evaporate too easily.
Applying soapy water helps to reduce excess oils associated with blepharitis and eliminate the flakes of skin that accumulate on the eyelids.
Here is how to use this remedy to treat dry eyes:
Moving beyond the above home remedies for dry eyes, you may also want to try out the following lifestyle changes and intervention measures to reverse the condition:
Contact lenses and dry eyes have been shown to have a kind of a vicious cycle. As the AllAboutVision.com website says, your eye care specialist may recommend either switching to a different lenses, shorter usage duration per day, or temporary discontinuation until the problem clears.
If you decide to use any of the home remedies for dry eyes highlighted in this guide, take caution not to damage your lenses.
You will in particular want to ensure that the lenses are off as you treat your eyes and for at least 2 hours thereafter, especially if using any at-home remedy that involves direct application to the eyes or skin as opposed to ingestion.
It is also a good idea to ask with your eye care provider before making your decision.
You may as well capitalize on the curing and soothing properties of the following natural remedies for dry eyes to moisten your eyes and get rid of the itching and foreign-body feel that characterize Dry Eye Syndrome:
Sometimes referred to as curcumin, this popular Asian spice has powerful soothing and healing properties and may be used to cure dry eyes naturally as explained below:
Paprika is a rich source of vitamin A and makes for a great addition to natural remedies for dry eyes. The easiest way to use paprika for this purpose is to add a sprinkle of it to your meals e.g. eggs, chicken, fish, or salads, name it.
It will not only enhance the flavor of your delicacy but also help to curb the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Bilberries also constitute an awesome natural treatment for dry eyes. In addition to aiding in the healing of retinal diseases the likes of macular degeneration, bilberries also help to clear symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Extracts of this close cousin of blueberries help to boost blood circulation and function of meibomian (the tear producing) glands. In addition, bilberries are rich sources of flavonoids (sometimes referred to as vitamin P) as well as citrin, the two of which helps to lessen the inflammation often associated with dry eyes.
As for how to cure dry eyes naturally with bilberries, simply take 220 mg of bilberries extract each day until the dry eyes get cured. Taking bilberry tea also helps.
Known for its soothing properties, thanks to the menthol in it, mint also makes it one of the best herbal remedies for dry eyes. It is in particular very helpful for itching. Here is how to cure dry eye syndrome with mint:
With strong cooling and anti-inflammatory action, chamomile also makes for one of the best natural cures for dry eyes. It also helps to replenish the eyes with the lost moisture, thus relieving the discomfort. And the best part, chamomile is known to induce sleep and is thus a great way to close your day.
Other herbal remedies for dry eyes worth checking out are fennel, marigold, calendula, and thyme. All these are now widely available in health food stores.
You may have noticed a surge in the popularity of homeopathy in the recent past. The main philosophy behind this form of holistic medicine is that “like cures like”. In that regard, proponents and users of homeopathy believe that when taken in small quantity, a substance will cure the symptoms it is known to cause when taken in larger quantities.
As part of this research, I took the time to check what is out there in the world of homeopathy in as far as dry eyes treatment is concerned.
The two main homeopathic remedies for dry eyes that I came across were aconite 6c and alumina 6c. I also came across some homeopathic eye drops such as Similasan Dry Eye Relief Drops, Natural Ophthalmics Homeopathic Eye Drops Tear Stimulation Forte.
As you can see, the list of home remedies for dry eyes is pretty long. You should however seek medical attention if the symptoms are severe, seems to be worsening over time, or persists for too long even with at home intervention measures.
Joint pain and stiffness, eye discharge, excessive swelling and redness, and dry mouth also warrant the attention of a doctor.
Chronic or severe dry eye is often a sign of underlying medical conditions such as blepharitis, lupus, rosacea, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
It then follows that the appropriate severe dry eye treatment varies depending on the underlying condition and may involve the use of antibiotics, steroids, antibacterial shampoos, chemical scrubs, etc.
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