Dry eyes can have numerous causes, and finding out your specific cause is always the best thing to do to overcome it and prevent it from happening again. Regardless of the cause though, there are things you can do to relieve your dry and irritated eyes. Companies will try to sell you expensive products and though they often work fairly well, you can also use inexpensive and simple home remedies that can also have a good effect.
1. Warm Compress
Your eyes produce an oil that aids in lubrication and the glands that produce it can get dried up and clogged causing your tears to evaporate too quickly. To fix this, you can use a warm compress which will allow the oil to flow freely into your tears again. For a warm compress, all you need to do is take a damp warm washcloth and gently apply to your eyelids for 5-10 minutes.
2. Homemade Eye Drops
Eye drops are a go-to remedy for dry eyes for most people but the cost can add up over time. Fortunately, there is a simple way you can make your own eye drops at home for next to no cost. First you will want to get an eyedropper, and if it was previously used for something else you will want to boil it to make sure it is clean. After this just boil a cup of water with 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of baking soda for a minute while mixing well. Once cooled off it will be ready to use, just use a couple of drops just like you would with normal eye drops.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If eye drops aren’t your thing, or if they just aren’t working, adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet can help keep your eyes feeling great. Omega-3’s can reduce inflammation in your eyes and restore normal function to dry eyes. You can raise your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids in many ways, including pill supplements, flaxseed, walnuts, tuna, salmon, and eggs labeled as containing Omega-3.
4. Tea Bags
Using freshly steeped (and allowed to cool) tea bags over your eyelids, you can create a sort of warm compress while adding benefits found in tea to sooth dry eyes. Tea contains bioflavonoids, which are a powerful eye antioxidant that will reduce inflammation in your eyes. The effects of the warm water will simultaneously acheive the same results as a warm compress, all while relaxing you with the scents of your favorite tea.
5. Give Your Eyes a Rest
One common cause of dry eyes is overusing them and keeping them open too long while focused on a work task, movie, video game, etc. To combat this just be sure to take breaks from staring in one place for too long and blink often. You can also make sure there are no fans,air conditioners, or windows causing drafts of air near your eyes as this will dry them out quickly and can cause irritation.