Have you experienced a burning sensation in your eyes? Do your eyes feel scratchy and dry? Do you constantly suffer with blurred vision or fatigued eyes? If the answer is YES to all of these questions, then you might be experiencing dry eyes.
What is dry eye?
Your eyes do not produce enough lubricant to nourish the eye i.e., tears. Tears are vital for eye health and without adequate production you may be at risk of eye infections or your health and vision may be compromised. Tears wash away germs and dirt and provide a protective layer to the cornea to keep it safe from environmental factors.
Dry eyes can be caused by many factors such as ageing, medications, allergies, and environmental factors. Listed below are some natural remedies to help alleviate dry eyes and provide some much-needed comfort:
1-Wash eyelids frequently:
Individuals who suffer from dry eyes experience irritation, which leads to constant rubbing of eyes and inflammation. To help reduce inflammation, wash your eyelids two to three times a day.
2-Use coconut oil and castor oil:
Use a drop or two of coconut or castor oil on a daily basis to reduce burning and itching of eyes. Both coconut and castor oils have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that provide instant relief and lubrication to dry and itchy eyes.
3-Vitamin rich diet:
Vitamin deficiency has been closely associated with dry eye syndrome. Research suggests that deficiency of Vitamin A, B12 and D has been closely associated with the development of the condition. To combat this, add foods rich in Vitamin D and Vitamin A into your diet, such as egg yolk, orange juice, broccoli and butter.
4-Eat Omega-3 rich foods:
Omega -3’s are fatty acids that the body is not able to produce on its own and has to source through food. Omega-3 helps to increase the production of the lubricating layer of your eyes. Food that is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, chia seeds, soybeans.
Take a clean cloth and soak it in warm water, wring the excess water and place the cloth on your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes. This method is proven to increase the thickness of your tear film, relieving dry eyes.
Air pollution and environmental factors has made the use of sunglasses critical as dust and wind causes the tears in the eye to dry and cause eye irritation. Wear sunglasses every time you step outside your house!
Check out the above tips for dry eye treatment.if they persist, you can go for further consultation. You can book an appointment with a top eye specialist in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.