Dry eye is a very common condition that occurs when there is not an adequate supply of tears from the lacrimal gland, which is located between the eyeball and the eyelid. These glands produce the fluid needed to lubricate the eyes.
Dry eye symptoms include:
- blurred vision
- dryness and soreness in one or both eyes
- eye fatigue
- feeling as if there is something in the eye
- sensitivity to light
- mucus in or around the eyes
Traditionally, eye drops have been used to moisturize dry eyes and are considered “very safe” according to WebMD. In addition, eye drops can delay the onset of glaucoma and even help correct the problem.
Some people really can’t stand the thought of having something in their eyes. Other people may have various reasons why they cannot use eye drops. Don’t worry if eye drops don’t work for you.
Here are four natural ways to get rid of dry eyes:
1. Omega-3 supplements
Research shows that increasing omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help resolve (and possibly prevent) dry eyes. The study, published in the International Journal of Ophthalmology, followed 264 patients with dry eyes who were randomly assigned to take one 500-mg omega-3 capsule twice daily or a placebo. Surprisingly, 65 percent of participants in the omega-3 group compared to 33 percent of patients in the placebo group reported “significant improvement” in symptoms after 3 months. “Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in dry eye syndrome,” the researchers conclude.
2. Changing the environment
As already mentioned, environmental factors may play a role in the development of dry eye. In fact, the association between specific environments and dry eyes is so strong that experts sometimes refer to the resulting condition as environmental dry eye disease, or EDED.
Protect your eyes with the appropriate goggles for cycling, motorcycling, skiing, and when working in dusty and muddy conditions. Also, try to avoid any areas where people smoke and stay indoors during windy weather. A good pair of sunglasses can also help, especially if you suffer from eye sensitivity due to dryness.
3. Give your eyes a break
Logically, we can conclude that the main cause of dry eyes is the continued work in certain conditions. You should take frequent breaks from any task that requires long periods of visual focus, such as reading, writing, using a smartphone or laptop, and so on.
4. Look in your first aid kit
Some OTC or over-the-counter medications can cause dry eyes. These OTCs include antihistamines, birth control pills, and nasal decongestants. These common medications can disrupt the meibomian glands, which produce oil that prevents tears from evaporating too quickly.
Some prescription medications are known to cause dry eyes. These include antidepressants, beta-blockers (blood control pills), tranquilizers, and drugs for Parkinson’s disease.