Effective Home Remedies to Prevent Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome is the common term for the dryness in eyes caused by the inability of tear glands to produce tears or the production of poor quality of tears that result in a lack of eye lubrication. Following are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome:

  • Dry, scratchy, and painful sensation in both eyes.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Feeling like there is something in your eyes.
  • Weary eyes.
  • Irritation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Mucus around and inside your eyes.

A number of factors can cause dry eyes, such as:

  • Environmental factors
  • Use of contact lenses
  • Specific medications
  • Allergies
  • Aging
  • Specific medical conditions

There are a number of simple home remedies that can help in alleviating dry eye syndrome:

Use of humidifier in winter

The heating system of your home can suck the moisture from the air in your living space causing eye dryness. Using a humidifier can help maintain the necessary moisture in the air. In case you do not have a humidifier, you can also put a pan filled with water on the radiator. The water evaporating from the pan will keep the air moist enough to help ease dry eyes.

Make sure your eyes are well-rested

Continuous use of mobile devices or computers, watching TV, and reading can cause dryness in the eyes. Therefore, it is essential to take small breaks to allow your eyes to rest and regain their lost moisture.

Warm compress and washing eyelids

Place a warm compress on your eyes before washing them. Then clean them with baby shampoo. Baby shampoo does not cause irritation to your eyes and a warm compress helps your eyelid glands to release oil. This treatment improves the quality of your tears.

Use Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplement

It has been shown that adding Omega-3 Fatty Acid to your diet helps in relieving dry eye syndrome. This acid is naturally found in flax seeds or oily fish and can also be taken as a supplement in pill form.

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