Dry Eyes & How to Cope With This Common Problem
Do your eyes sting and burn?
Do they look red?
Do they feel gritty as if there is some sand lurking there?
Then you may well be suffering from Dry Eye.
Why do we get Dry Eye?
The tears that appear in our eyes help to keep the surface of the eye smooth, comfortable and hydrated while washing away dust and debris – and protecting them from infection.
When our eyes are healthy, they make tears all day long. They stay moist. They do not suffer from dry eye.
- Meibomian gland dysfunction or Blepharitis.
- Skin diseases in and around the eye.
- Engaging in activities that tend to affect the frequency of blinking – reading and staring at screens.
- Side effects of certain medications including nasal decongestants, blood pressure medications, contraceptive pills, antidepressants, tranquilizers and more.
- Exposure to adverse climatic conditions such as excessive smoke, wind or dryness.
- Entropian (a condition where the eyelids tend to turn inside) and Ectropion (the reverse condition of an outward turning of the eyelids).
- Eating a diet low in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids.
Signs of Dry Eye
- Redness in the eyes.
- Eye fatigue.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Poor night vision.
- Sticking together of eyelids when waking up.
- A sensation of having something in the eyes (especially when wearing contact lenses).
- Difficulty in driving at night.
- Stinging, itching and a gritty sensation in eyes.
- Blurry vision that resolves after blinking.
- Difficulty in reading or staring on screens.
How to copy with Dry Eye naturally?
Blinking frequently. Blink your eyes frequently and consciously while using digital devices. This will help spread the tears over the eyelids, helping to keep the eyes moist. Blinking more often also promotes blood circulation to the eyes and reduces eyestrain. In fact, each blink brings nutrients to the eyes’ surface structures and helps maintain its health.
Perform this blinking exercise:
- Close your eyes fully and count to 2.
- Then, squeeze the eyelids together and again count to 2.
- Finally, open your eyes and count to 2.
- Do this exercise every hour for 5 times for a few weeks.
To use castor oil to treat dry eyes:
- Buy pure, organic, hexane-free castor oil.
- Using an eye dropper, place one drop of it in each eye.
- Repeat twice daily to keep your eyes moisturized and to reduce redness.
Enriching your diet with Omega-3. Dry eyes can be due to a lack of essential fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3 helps reduce inflammation in the body while simulating tear production and high-quality tears. Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. These include fatty fishes, fish oils, sesame seeds, almonds, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, chia seeds and walnuts. You can also take omega-3 supplements.
Of course our eyes are so important to us – and it is vital to keep them as healthy as possible. While dry eyes are a common problem, with proper hygiene and care, the symptoms can be kept in check.