Dry eyes can become an increasingly annoying problem, impairing vision and lowering quality of life. There may be ways you can overcome this common annoyance, naturally and even better at home, no doctor prescriptions needed. Let’s dive in and look at some effective ways to re-hydrate and stimulate the tear ducts.
Staying hydrated is very important for the entire body and plays a major role in healthy bodily functions both internally and externally. The tear duct system is no exception. Drinking at least 8 ounces of water a day may help you stimulate and produce better quality tears. If this amount of water does not help, try increasing the amount of water.
Omega-3 fatty acids
According to a 2009 preliminary study, Omega-3 fatty acids showed promising results in helping decrease dry eye symptoms. It was used both internally and externally on rats and greatly reduced the symptoms of dry eyes.There exist a range of supplements to choose from containing Omega-3 fatty acids including, fish-oil, krill-oil, flax seed oil, and soy bean oil.
Using a humidifier to keep the air moist while you sleep can help decrease dry eye symptoms and help keep the tear ducts stimulated. This is especially true if you happen to live in a dry type of climate. For many, summer may be a problem time when dry eye symptoms are much worse and more frequent.
Using a clean washcloth with warm water, put it over your eyes for five minutes. This may help stimulate the tear ducts and remove any debris caught inside obstructing the tear ducts. This can be done nightly before bed or in the morning before work.
Not only will a nice hot cup of coffee wake you up in the morning, according to research, caffeine might actually help increase the volume of tears and quality of the tears produced. Or if you’re like me and not much of a coffee drinker, you can drink tea instead.
Trying some of the aforementioned home remedies may help reduce or eliminate the annoying symptoms of dry eyes. However, if the problem persists you may need to head to the doctors for prescription eye drops or buy artificial tears from your local pharmacy. Chances are good you can relieve your symptoms by mixing a few of these home remedies on the list. Good luck to you and I hope you find this article to be informative and helpful to you or someone you might know.