I suffer from dry eyes. Every once in awhile, if I rub my eyes, it feels as if my eyelids are sticking to my cornea. Dry eyes can be quite uncomfortable. Luckily, I have discovered some home remedies to combat my dry eyes. Here are six simple solutions that work for me.
Natural Tear Drops
I sometimes use over-the-counter natural tear drops, or artificial tears, to help lubricate my eyes. These drops are different than the ones that help with red eyes. If you need to use eyedrops frequently, the Pepose Vision Institute recommends using “preservative-free eye drops, in twist-off vials” that need to be thrown away after usage. At bedtime, you can also use a lubricating eye ointment.
Gentle Eye Cleansing
Most eye makeup removers leave my eyes irritated and dry. I used a moisturizing cleanser that doesn’t burn the eyes and helps condition my lashes. One of my favorites is Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I also avoid waterproof mascara because it is harder to remove and this can dry out your eyes further. Instead, I look for a hypoallergenic mascara that doesn’t flake. For those prone to eyelid inflammation, the Mayo Clinic recommends applying “a warm washcloth to your eyes” and using “a mild soap,” such as baby shampoo, to wash the area. During this process, keep your eyes closed.
Fatty acids, such as omega-3s, can possibly help dry eyes. Personally, I like adding salmon, tuna and flaxseed oil to my diet to receive these benefits. However, there are also supplements you can take. Check your local natural grocery store for odorless omega-3 pills. You should consult your optometrist to see if this is a good option for you.
A simple way to discourage dry eyes is to blink. Since I look at a computer screen for many hours a day, I have to remember to rest my eyes every so often.
Staying hydrated is another easy way to prevent your eyes from becoming dry. The American Optometric Association recommends the standard “8 to 10” glasses a day.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier helps increase the level of moisture in the air. Make sure to clean your humidifier filter frequently. In addition, WebMd says both central heat and air conditioning “decrease the humidity” in your home. Fans can also have a drying effect on your eyes.
My dry eye symptoms are not extreme so these methods work for me. If you have dry eyes or think you have Dry Eye Syndrome, it’s best to seek professional help to find the best method to ease your discomfort.