Home Remedies for Dry Eyes
Here are some simple home remedies for dry eyes that you can try to get immediate and long-term relief:
Drink plenty of fluids; we recommend at least 8 glasses per day. Water is preferred, but this can include fruit juices, natural beverages, etc., as well.
Engage is some form of sustained physical activity at least three to four times per week. Exercise improves circulation and helps deliver blood and nutrients to the eye.
Use humidifiers to add moisture in dry locations, either with single, portable units next to your desk or by installing one as part of your central air system. Humidifiers in the bedroom are especially helpful.
Wear wrap-around sunglasses outdoors. Dry eyes are often sensitive to bright light and wind.
5. Fewer Eye Drops
Avoid frequent use of eye drops. Eye drops wash away naturally occurring mucin, proteins, and lipids that thicken your tears to prevent them from evaporating too quickly. Long-term use of eye drops can create a physical dependency by conditioning your eyes not to secret tears, thus exacerbating the dry eye condition.
6. Eye Gels or Goggles at Night
Your eyelids may be partially open during sleep. Using eye gels or goggles can keep your eyes from drying out while you sleep. (You can also take TheraLife® Eye capsules right before bed to help alleviate nighttime dry eyes.
7. Warm Compresses
Use a warm compress on your eyes to improve circulation and relax. You can repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times per day. This is particularly important for treating and preventing blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction.
Get enough sleep!
9. Less Computer Use
Try to spend less time on the computer. If you must use the computer for prolonged periods of time, schedule frequent breaks and take your eyes away from the computer to look out the window every hour.
10. Cucumber Slices
Place cool cucumber slices on your eyes after work.
11. Less A/C and Heat
Turn off air conditioners or heaters that make the air drier.
12. Oily Fish
Eat sufficient oily fish (e.g. salmon, tuna) at least twice a week to provide your body with the important omega-3 fatty acid, which helps to relieve dry eyes. An alternative is to take TheraLife® Omega 3 Fish Oil. Diets in developed countries like the US tend to have very high omega-6 fatty acid but not enough levels of omega-3.
13. Fewer Refined Foods
Avoid eating white bread, processed foods, refined sugar, and margarine while you have dry eyes
14. Clean Face Cloth
Use a clean face cloth when washing your face. You can also rinse it under hot faucet water and place it over your eyes to provide some moisture close to your eyes.
For severe chronic dry eyes, these home remedies may not be sufficient; that is why you need TheraLife® Eye.
What You Need to Know
- Dry Eye Symptoms
- What Causes Dry Eyes?
- Who’s At Risk for Dry Eye Syndrome?
- Dry Eye Treatment
- Home Remedies for Dry Eyes
- Dry Eye Prognosis and Complications
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- How Common is Dry Eye Syndrome?