Are you feeling a stinging sensation in your eyes and feel the need to scratch them often? You might just have dry eyes. This mostly happens due to a lack of moisture and lubrication in the eyes. It can be both uncomfortable and painful. The most common symptoms of dry eyes are itching, burning sensation, and redness of the eyes. Based on a recent survey, at least 16.4 million people in our country have been diagnosed with DED (dry eye disease). If you want to avoid using ‘artificial tears’ to treat the condition, you might want to consider these natural home remedies that will treat your dry eyes.
Applying warm compresses
This traditional home remedy can help your eyelids produce more lipids, thereby lubricating the dry surface. Warm compresses on the eyes can also boost the tear quality and offer some relief from dry eyes. Make sure that your compress is not too hot, it should be just warm enough to offer therapeutic relief to the dry eye. You should also make sure to prepare your compress in a clean environment to avoid eye infections.
Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish, fish oil or fish supplements can help in improving the oil film produced by the meibomian glands found along the edge of the eyelid. Apart from providing oil, omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the burning sensation. However, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using fish oil. Plant-based food sources like kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, flaxseed, peanut butter, walnuts, and oatmeal are also great sources of omega-3 fatty acids which can maintain moisture in the eyes.
Let’s just say that the benefits of blinking should not be underestimated at all! If you are spending too much time in front of a computer screen, do not forget to blink frequently. Blinking helps in renewing the tear film which moisturizes the eyes. People usually blink about 10 times a minute which can drop by more than half if you are staring at a screen for longer hours.
Frequent computer breaks
You already know how taking breaks is necessary to stay focused, right? Taking small breaks to look away from the computer screen are equally important for your eye health. Several ophthalmologists recommend the 20-20-20 rule. All you need to do is spend at least 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. This exercise can give your eyes a little break and also avoid them from becoming dry.
Washing your eyes
Cleansing your eyes is just as important as cleansing any other body part. If you clean your eyelids properly, any existing inflammation will easily reduce. Simply close your eyes and gently massage the area and rinse with cool or lukewarm water. This can also be used with warm compress for added relief.
Humidifiers for moist air
If you live somewhere where its always dry and sunny, you’re prone to having dry eyes; your eyes will easily lose their moisture and become itchy and red. Similarly, pollutants in the air can make the eyes dry and itchy. Using humidifiers inside the house to keep the air moist can prevent your eyes from becoming dry. Air filters can remove harmful pollutants that aggravate the symptoms of dry eyes.
The most important remedy
If you follow all the home remedies mentioned above and still have dry eyes due to lack of sleep, you will have to mend your sleeping habits. Sleep deprivation can lead to loss of moisture in the eyes, thereby making it dry, red, and itchy. Hence, it is necessary to get ample sleep along with a healthy diet to reduce dry eyes symptoms.