If your eyes are unable to properly produce tears, or at least produce tears of a suitable consistency, you have a medical condition called Dry Eye. Sufferers may experience burning or stinging sensations or may even feel like there is a foreign body in their eye when there is not. The affected eye may be red or painful or it might be producing a stringy discharge. Blurred vision is also not uncommon, and computer use can make the symptoms worse.
Some simple home remedies for dry eyes can be a great help in alleviating the pain and discomfort of this condition, and a trip to the eye doctor may not be necessary. Try these remedies for relief:
- Compresses. Apply warm compresses to your eyes, gently washing your eyelids with baby shampoo afterwards. This can help release the oils in your tear glands, improving the quality of your tears.
- Humidifier. Use a bedside humidifier during colder weather, and add one to your furnace as well. This will put moisture back into the dry air, greatly reducing your symptoms.
- Get out of the wind. Fans, hair dryers, and wind make eyes dry, so people who are suffering with dry eyes should avoid the air movement created by each of these. Sunglasses can help you protect your eyes from windy conditions.
- Artificial tears. There are many brands available on the market, and they can really be helpful in relief of dry eye symptoms. Lubricating gels are another option, too. They are of a thicker consistency and can create blurred vision after use, so application should be done before bedtime.
- Pass on the sweets. Cutting down on artificial sweeteners and sugars can help prevent dry eye, and anyone with diabetes will want to ensure that their blood sugar levels are kept within the recommended range to avoid eye damage. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily can also be beneficial.
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, please stop. If you don’t, please don’t start.
- Supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D are all helpful in decreasing your dry eye issues. Omega 3 can be found in salmon, sardines, flax seeds, and anchovies, while A and D are found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Discuss the use and dosage of nutritional supplements and vitamins with your doctor.
The team here at Classic Vision Care understands how important the gift of sight is, and we strive to provide the best possible eye care to each and every one of our patients. Classic Vision Care services patients throughout the Atlanta metro area, including West Paces Ferry, Smyrna, and East Cobb. To learn more about the services we offer, you can schedule a consultation online or simply call our offices. We look forward to speaking with you!