Solve Dry Eyes

When the eyes begin to feel pain, perhaps the most common reason for the irritation is dryness. This may be caused by excess wind to the face, too much wiping at the eyes, or a duct problem. Those with recurring dryness probably suffer from dry eye syndrome, which is characterized by a disturbance of the tear film. The eye film is made up of three layers that coat the eyes and keep them comfortable, and when this middle layer – which is the largest and thickest – is too thin, the eyes typically become dry. This is the most common cause of dry eye syndrome. It usually affects individuals over the age of 40.

How can I prevent dry eyes?

  • Changing everyday habits that lead to dry eyes may help prevent the syndrome from developing in the future. While smoking can contribute to the condition, caffeine consumption may lessen symptoms.
  • Maintaining good levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) is also a preventative measure, as those with better HDL levels are less likely to have dry eyes.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

  • Dry, gritty, scratchy, burning, or itchy eyes. This is usually accompanied by redness in the eyes, blurred vision, and light sensitivity. Symptoms may worsen with prolonged use of the eyes.
  • Sometimes, a strange symptom of dry eyes is excessive tearing.

How do I get rid of dry eyes?

  • Having a humidifier in the house can help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes because more moisture is in the air.
  • Hot compresses and eyelid scrubs or massages with baby shampoo sometimes helps by providing a thicker layer of lipids on the eyes.
  • Of course, some eye drops available over the counter will help, but lubricating eye ointments are much thicker than eye drops, so they last much longer.
  • A fish oil supplement rich in Omega-3 acids should help improve eye lubrication.
  • There are an array of multivitamins that specialize in minimizing dry eye symptoms available.
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