Dry eyes are a common source of discomfort, and usually dry eyes are a chronic problem. Dry eyes are caused by a lack of tears. Tears are a major protective agent for the eyes. Tear film protects your eyes and lubricates them. It also reduces the risk of eye infection and, with each blink of your eyelids, helps clear your eyes of any debris. Tears are produced by a number of different gland structures around the eye.
Dry eye syndrome is more common in women, possibly due to hormone fluctuations. Many other factors, such as hot, dry or windy climates, high altitudes, air-conditioning and cigarette smoke also cause dry eyes. Many people also find their eyes become irritated when reading or working on a computer. Stopping periodically to rest and blink keeps the eyes more comfortable. Some people may worry that they have an autoimmune disease, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. While many people with autoimmune diseases have dry eyes, the large majority of people with dry eyes don’t have autoimmune problems.
Causes of Dry Eyes:
Lack of humidity in your home or workplace may be the source of your dry eyes. Get an hygrometer to measure the humidity, then add a humidifier to raise the level.
Computer use or other close work where you need to concentrate can cause or exacerbate dry eye syndrome. When you concentrate you don’t blink as often and therefore your eyes aren’t being lubricated. People blink about 22 times a minute while relaxing, 10 times while reading, but only 7 times while working at a computer. Try to blink more frequently and take frequent breaks or use artificial tears.
Home Remedies for Dry Eyes:
- Use of a humidifier in conjunction with The See Clearly Method helps moisten the air and works even in dry, cool areas of the home or office.
- Diet changes to include foods rich in vitamin A such as salmon, sardines, eggs, and dedicated nutritional supplements help to improve tear production.
- Practice The See Clearly Method exercises on a daily basis until one’s dry eye relief goals are achieved.
- Warm compress Soak a washcloth in hot water and place it over your eye for 10 minutes two times a day.
- Apply a paste of lemon juice, tomato puree, orange lentil flour (masoor dal ) and turmeric powder (if you are not allergic to it) on under eye dark circles.
- Dip two cotton balls in rose water and place them on your eyes, covering dark circles.
- Keep thin cold cucumber slices on eyes when your eyes are too tiered.
- Avoid sweets and chocolates.
Dry Eyes Natural Remedies:
Normally, each time you blink, a thin film of tears spreads across your eyes. But some people, who suffer from the condition known as dry eyes, find that their eyes are not covered by the film of tears. Not only does this mean that these people are unable to cry, they also suffer from some kind of pain in their eyes. Since there is no protective layer across the eyes, these people find that their eyes burn.
Sometimes they experience a stinging sensation in their eyes. An additional problem that may develop is blurring of the vision. In some cases people notice that their eyes are sensitive to light. Dry eyes can be caused due to a variety of reasons from medications like decongestants to an allergic reaction to some products.
You can use a hot compress on your eyes by dipping a soft towel in hot water and holding it to your eyes. This treatment can be carried out as often as you like during a day. You should also ensure that your surroundings are sufficiently humidified. Avoid turning up the air conditioner or the heating on too high since this affects your eyes. You can also constantly splash water on your face. Ensure that you take regular breaks from your work, especially if this involves staring at the computer screen.