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8 Tips to Avoid the Problem of Dry Eyes | Amoils.com

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I have recently written a post about the importance of tears to your eye health.

What to do if your eyes are tired, scratchy and dry?

1. First and foremost you need to make your surroundings less dry and more humid as dry air can be the cause of dry eyes. Try running a portable humidifier in your home and if necessary, move from room to room with you, making sure it is next to your bed at night. This should help to eliminate dry eye symptoms particularly in the winter months. 2. Another tip for dry eyes is to wear a wet, gauze eye mask while sleeping. Make sure you use pure filtered water to wet the mask. This will help to keep the eyes moist as well as prevent tear evaporation. 3. If you are going to be spending lots of time in front of a computer or TV screen or doing a lot of reading or driving, remember to use some lubricant eye drops beforehand. 4. You should also rest your eyes, giving them a break frequently. If you are in front of a screen, look away and instead focus your eyes on an object in the distance. Keep repeating this exercise and also blink frequently as this helps to lubricate too. 5. Bad habits such as prolonged screen time can cause loss of eye elasticity too while age is another cause. These exercises can help restore vision and prevent future problems. Such eye exercises usually include alternating focusing on distant and close objects, as well as focusing on objects at different angles. If you wear spectacles or contact lenses, remove them during such exercise. Famous health figure Deepak Chopra suggests pinning up some reading material on the wall and then moving back a little bit each day to read it while to enhance reading and focusing at close distance, he suggests moving a bit closer to the pin up material each day.

Here are some daily exercises

  • With eyes closed, look in the direction of the sun or a full spectrum light for 15 to 20 seconds
  • Continuing to keep eyes closed gently turn the head away from the sun and back
  • To change the focal length of the lens and improve the internal muscles of the eyeballs, look at an object up close and then at a distance - for example look at your hand 6 inches from your face and then look at an object on the horizon - Repeat this exercise for 15 times without straining
  • Blink eyelids hard and rapidly for 30 seconds
  • Look up and to the left and hold this fixed position for 15 seconds
  • Look down and to the left and hold for 15 seconds
  • Look up and to the right and hold for 15 seconds
  • Look down and to the right and hold for 15 seconds
  • Look directly to the right and hold for 15 seconds
  • Look down to the end of the nose and hold for 15 seconds
  • Look down toward the tongue and hold for 15 seconds
  • Look upward and inward trying to look at the space between the eyebrows and hold for 15 seconds

Three further tips for avoiding dry eyes

6. Lack of vitamin A can be the cause of dry eyes so you can boost your levels by including vitamin A rich foods in your daily diet. These include carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, melon and pumpkin – notice how they are all orange in color! Apart from vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin are two further nutrients to help with eye health. 7. Be aware that many medications have adverse side effects including ones that reduce your body's ability to make those vital tears to lubricate the eyes. The main culprits are antihistamines, diuretics, sleeping pills, beta blockers and pain relievers. If this is your problem, you will need to have a serious chat with your doctor about changing to more natural alternatives and whether you can use lubricant eye drops. Many of the conditions treated by such medications will have safer, natural ways of being treated. 8. Extreme weather outdoors can also lead to dry eyes. If this is a problem for you, protect your eyes on sunny or very windy days with a pair of good sunglasses to keep the eyes moist and prevent tear evaporation.

Medical conditions that can lead to symptoms of dry eyes

These include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjorgren's syndrome and dry eye syndrome.

A word of warning

If your dry eyes are red or painful or if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as swollen, stiff or painful joints, a dry mouth or a discharge from either the eye itself or the eyelid., then all such conditions should be checked by your doctor.