Dry Eyes: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Home Remedies

What is Meant by the Dry Eyes

Dry eye is a condition where the tear glands stop producing tears in a sufficient amount that is needed to keep your eyes lubricated. It is a painful condition that leads to irritation in eyes and discomfort.

Medically this condition is called as dry eye syndrome and is defined as the diminished production of tears or the condition where the quality of the tears gets poor.

Meant by the Dry Eyes

Meant by the Dry Eyes

What are the Causes of the Dry Eyes

Both environmental factors and medical factors play role in causing dry eye syndrome. Some of the factors include aging, menopause, certain medications such as medicines for cold and allergy, pollution, allergy, smoke, cigarette smoke, air conditioners, and eye infection. The condition of dry eyes may aggravate by the use of fan, hair dryer, working for long in front of the screens and heaters.

What are the Symptoms of the Dry Eyes

Dry eyes cause pain, scratchy, dry, and painful sensation in both of your eyes. There may be a gritty sensation, irritation, redness, burning, and light sensitivity. You may have the feeling and if the mucus in the present inside or around your eyes. The eyes may feel weak, exhausted along with blurred vision.

 Symptoms of the Dry Eyes

Symptoms of the Dry Eyes

What is the Treatment of the Dry Eyes

There is no cure for dry eyes, but treatment measures may prevent serious complications. Your doctor may prescribe you artificial tear drops to keep your eyes lubricated. If you find any discomfort for example, blurred vision or burning in eyes after using eye drops, consult your doctor as it may need a change in eye drops.

Treatment of the Dry Eyes

Treatment of the Dry Eyes

Apart from it wash your eyes with clean water 3 to 4 times a day. Also avoid cigarette smoke, dry winds, air conditioners, hair dryers. It is better you wear glasses in spite of lenses. Always wear a hat and sunglasses before stepping out to protect your eyes from sun, wind, dust, dirt and pollution.

Better do not share your eye makeup with someone and use organic eye makeup if possible. Use humidifiers in your home this will maintain the moisture level in the air. Limit your work in front of the screen and watching television for long hours. Blink your eyes often while working in front of the screen.

Home Remedies for Dry Eyes

Home Remedies for Dry Eyes

Home Remedies for Dry Eyes

A diet rich in fatty acids- The best you can do for yourself to prevent the complications of dry eyes is to add foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids to your diet to relieve inflammation and other symptoms. It also promotes the production of tears and improves its quality.

Some of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acid are flax seeds, soybean oil, Fish oil, walnuts, Chia seeds, salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna fish and egg.

A diet rich in fatty acids

A diet rich in fatty acids

Hot compress-Take a clean washcloth. Soak it in warm water. Strain it, and place over the closed eyelids. This will relieve the burning and other symptoms of dry eyes.

Rose water- Take two cotton swab and put few drops of rose water on them. Place them over your closed eyelids to provide relief from dry eyes.

Rose water

Rose water

Cucumber- Take two slices of chilled cucumber and place on the close eyelids to provide relief from symptoms.
Washing your eyelids- wash your eyelids with mild soap or baby shampoo them 3 times a day to keep them moist.

Castor oil- Putting a drop of castor oil in your eyes regularly may prevent the evaporation of teras and thus prevents dry eyes.

What are the Complications of the Dry Eyes

If dry eyes go untreated or without proper care it may lead to infection of the eye. The reasons are that tears provide a protection to the eye surface and prevent the infection. In absence of the adequate amount of the tears, the risk of infection of the eyes increases.

Complications of the Dry Eyes

Complications of the Dry Eyes

Also dryness of the eyes if untreated, may result in inflammation, and abrasion of the corneal surface that may lead to a corneal ulcer.
Vision problems may also occur, making your daily activity and other work difficult.

Dry eyes are common these days, especially in women after menopause. But if you take treatment measures as mentioned above it will prevent unwanted complications

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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