Dryness can be an advantage when telling a funny story or attending a sunny summer party, but when it comes to our eyes, dryness can be disappointing.
However, some of the main sources of dry eyes, from side effects to medications, to medical conditions remain largely misunderstood. Few people realize, for example, that dry eyes can be a syndrome resulting from a chronic lack of moisture on the surface of the eye. This condition can lead to direct irritation and swelling.
Fortunately, there are many ways to treat and relieve dry eyes, some of which may be in the kitchen cupboard. In the following paragraphs we will explore the symptoms of dry eye treatments.
Looking at the symptoms
If your eyes feel like they are wearing small wool sweaters, it is likely that you are suffering from dry eye. Persistent itching, redness and burning are common symptoms, such as the feeling that you have a foreign object in your eye.
The causes can be large, however. Dry eyes can result from aging, medical conditions such as lupus, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, or as a side effect of medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants, certain blood pressure medications, Parkinson’s disease medications, and birth control pills. A diet low in vitamin A can also contribute to dry eyes.
Here how to repair your eye
Dry eye repair means that our tears return, which are quite complex things. Tears are a combination of water, moisture; oils for lubrication; mucus, to even separate (sorry); and antibodies to fight infections.
Fortunately, it can be relatively easy to get. The treatment for dry eyes can range from fatty acids to drops. As for the dry eye syndrome, while the condition is chronic, the symptoms can be managed.
The following are common methods to comfort dry eyes:
Eye drops and lubricants: Your doctor may prescribe lubricant drops that relieve symptoms or address the shortage of tears. Prescription eye drops for dry eyes called Restasis are helpful to the body to produce more tears by reducing inflammation. Lacrisert, a small insert placed inside the lower eyelid, releases a lubricating ingredient for the eye throughout the day.
Oils and supplements: What work from the outside can also work from the inside. Certain supplements, such as those containing omega-3 fatty acids, have been shown to relieve the symptoms of dry eye. Salmon, cod, herring, sardines and other cold-water fish are recognized sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, some eye doctors recommend flaxseed oil, which can come in the form of supplements, to relieve dry eye.
Eye protection: Sun, wind and dust contribute to dry eyes, as does cold. Sunglasses, specially fitted large frames, will help keep wind and dust out of your eyes.
Dryness is rarely a good condition for the human body, whether it is the eyes or the skin. Treat them the same – hydrate them well, eat good food and protect yourself from drying elements. And hopefully your tears are happy.