Dry Eyes

What Is Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes is a common condition caused due to the inadequate lubrication in the eyes. Tears formed in the eyes moisten the eyes, which in this case is perturbed. You may feel uncomfortable and your eyes might as well sting and burn

What Triggers Dry Eyes?

  • Decreased tear production
  • Increased tear evaporation
  • Imbalance in tear composition
  • Increasing age (more common in people above 50 years of age)
  • Eating a diet devoid of Vitamin A
  • Wearing contact lenses

How Would You Know If You Have Dry Eyes ?

  • You may experience a stinging, burning and scratchy sensation in the eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • You may also find it difficult to drive during nighttime or wear contact lenses
  • Blurred vision or eye fatigue

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsens?

  • In case the condition worsens, you may experience eye infections, damage to the surface of the eyes and decreased quality of life
  • At first, you can choose to try some quick fixes such as frequently wash your eyes, avoid wearing contact lenses and do not allow dust to enter the eyes.
  • You may also try the over-the-counter eyedrops that may help to lubricate the eyes and provide immediate relief.
  • However, incase the symptoms persist, make sure you see the doctor at the earliest.
  • Your doctor may recommend you to take a comprehensive eye exam and also suggest specific tests to measure the quality and volume of your tears.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor will ask you for your symptoms and examine your eyes.
  • You may choose to use eyedrops that will help to reduce redness and lubricate the eyes.
  • Your doctor may suggest special contact lenses designed for dry eyes in addition to the prescribed medication to treat the problem.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Dry Eyes ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Wash Your Eyes More Often

Ingredients: Cold/ Normal Water

Ways to Use:

Instead of rubbing your eyes too often, choose to wash them more often.

Gently wash your eyes by massaging the eyelids near the base of the eyelashes. Repeat this at least twice or thrice a day.

2. Castor Oil

Ingredients: Castor Oil

Ways to Use:

Get yourself pure and organic castor oil (free from hexane). Use an eye dropper to place a drop in each of the eyes.

Repeat this twice a day to moisten your eyes.

3. Coconut Oil

Ingredients: Coconut Oil

Ways to Use:

Soak the cotton balls in a bowl of coconut oil. Squeeze to remove the excess of the oil. Place the cotton balls on the closed eyelids for 15-20 minutes every day.

Try this before going to bed.

4. Blinking Exercises

Ways to Use:

Regular blinking has been proved to improve the flow of tears and moisten the eyes.

 Close your eyes and count till 5. Then exert pressure on both your eyelids and count till 2.

 Open your eyes finally.

 

Since time immemorial, eyes are amongst the most amazing creations of god, so make sure you take proper care of this priced possession. Do not be ignorant in case you observe any unusual symptoms. Instead, see a doctor at the earliest.

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