Dry eye syndrome happens when your tears are not giving you enough lubrication for your eyes. This causes a lot of discomfort. Some symptoms of dry eyes are a stinging or a burning sensation in the eyes. You may also have stringy mucus in or around your eyes. Your eyelids may be sticking together when you are waking up. There may be some increased sensitivity to light, redness in the eyes, or a sensation of having something in the eyes. It can be very difficult to drive at night, and you may have blurred vision or some eye fatigue. Dry eye syndrome is caused by a lack of adequate tears. These tears are produced by tear glands to keep the surface of your eyes clear and protect your eyes from infection. Your tear glands can produce inadequate tears because of aging. A medical condition or tear gland damage from inflammation or radiation will also cause this. An increase in tear evaporation can also be due to exposure to wind, smoke or dry air. There are some risk factors that can increase the chance of you having dry eyes. Some of these are being older than 50, being a woman (due to hormonal changes), or chronic allergies. Also sleeping with your eyes partly open or wearing contact lenses could be the cause of dry eye syndrome. There are many very simple home remedies you can use to deal with this eye problem in a completely natural way.
1. Frequent Eyelid Washing
People that have dry eyes tend to constantly rub their eyes. You should avoid doing this so you can reduce inflammation. To maintain proper eye hygiene, wash your eyelids a few times a day. This will help you with the discomfort and keep the inflammation down. Just put a couple drops of baby shampoo on your clean fingertips.
Keep your eyes closed and gently massage your eyelids. Then rinse the shampoo from your eyelids using warm water. You should do this once or twice a day.
2. Warm Compress
A very relaxing way of dealing with dry eyes is by using a warm compress. The heat from the compress will increase blood circulation to the area. This will promote the formation of tears. It will also provide relief from the eye irritation. Take a clean, lint-free cloth and soak it in hot water. Wring it out and then hold this warm cloth over your closed eyelids. Do this for up to 10 minutes at a time. Then give your eyes a nice rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil will also help to reduce the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. The ricinoleic acid in the oil is a fantastic anti-inflammatory agent. This will help relieve the itching, the irritation, and the burning and pain associated with this condition. Using an eye dropper, place one drop of pure and organic castor oil in each eye.
4. Foods Rich in Omega-3s
Dry eyes can be due to the lack of essential omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3s will reduce inflammation in the body. They will also stimulate tear production, giving you a higher quality of tears. You should have foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Good sources of these acids include fatty fish, ground flaxseed, and chia seeds. Also, sesame seeds, almonds, and walnuts are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
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