Dry eyes occurs when you tear gland do not produce tears to keep it moist. This dryness is caused due to medical factors like hormonal changes, allergies, and age or due to certain environmental factors like exposure to wind, smoke or dry air, hot blowing air, etc. If this dryness is not treated well, then it can lead to serious complications like increased risk of eye infections and damage to eye surface etc.
Although you should always consult a doctor in such sensitive cases, here are few simple and easy home remedies that you can follow to deal with this dryness problem in the eyes.
Frequent Washing Of Eyelids:- To relieve this discomfort, you should wash eyes three to four time in a day. This will help you maintain eye hygiene and will relieve discomfort in the eyes. You can always use the mild soap or a mild wash to gently clean your eyelids. Always do this carefully by properly closing eyes.
Drink Enough Water:- Dehydration can increase the risk of dryness in your eyes. Therefore, it is recommended increasing the intake of water in a day. This will keep mucous membranes in your eyes moist.
Green Tea or Tea Bags:- Green tea is best known for its health benefits. Green tea bags are also very useful for dry eyes. It helps in hydrating the eyes. Take 2-3 tea bags and dip it in hot water for a few minutes. Take a cotton ball and soak it in tea water and then place it on your eyelids by closing eyes for 5-10 minutes. Then, use warm water to rinse your eyelids. Repeat it twice a week to see improvements.
Warm Compress On Eyelids:- Take warm water (make sure it is not too hot) and soak a clean cloth in it and wring out the excess water. Close your eyes and then put it on your eyelids for 10 minutes and then again soak it and repeat it for few times. After this rinse your eyes with lukewarm water properly. Use this daily for best results.
Take Enough Deep Sleep:- Sleep deprivation may cause dry eyes. Take a proper sleep about 7-8 hours regularly and give rest to your eyes to avoid such problems. Sleep is the natural home remedy for eyes.
Turn on Enough Light:- Many of us always have a habit of watching TV or working on computers and mobile phones by switching off lights. The darkness in the room and the lights coming from these devices cause strain in your eyes. Always switch on the lights while watching TV or while using computers, laptops or mobile phones.
Wear Sunglasses:- The sunlight affects your eyes and make your eyes drier. Therefore, always wear a sun-glass while moving out in sunlight to protect it from sun rays and dust.
Use Coconut Oil:- Coconut oil helps in re-wetting the eyes and reduces the dryness in your eyes. Soak a cotton ball in coconut oil. Place it on your eyelids while closing the eyes for 15 minutes. Repeat this a few times in a day for better results.
Eye Blinking Exercise:- Regular blinking of eyes can reduce the dryness in your eyes and can increase the flow of tears in your eyes. Perform the blinking exercise for 5-10 minutes daily 5 times.
Rose Water:- Dip a cotton ball in rose water and keep it on your eyelids for 10 minutes keeping your eyes closed. Repeat this 2-3 times in a day for better results.
Tamarind Seeds:- Take some warm water and put few tamarind seeds in it and let the seeds stay there for 10 minutes and after that apply this water around your eyes and not on the eyes. After a few minutes when it dries, wash it carefully with water.
Cold Milk:- Take some cold milk and put few drops of rose water in it and then soak a cotton ball in it and keep it on your eyelids keeping your eyes closed. Relax for a few minutes and then rinse it off with water.
Almond Oil with Castor Oil:- Take a few drops of castor oil and almond oil and mix them. Apply this mixture under your eyes just before sleeping. Repeat this daily for best results.
Lavender Oil:- Take warm water in a bowl and put few drops of lavender oil in it and mix them well. Dip a cotton ball in it and squeeze all the water from it. Close your eyes and apply it to your eyes gently. Repeat this twice a day to get better results.
Cucumber:– Cut fresh cucumber in slices and keep them in the refrigerator for some time to cool them. Put the cool cucumber slices on your closed eyes for 20 minutes. Repeat this twice a day for better results.
Some Of the Food For Eyes: – Apart from these simple tips which you have to apply to the eyes. Eat healthy food to make your eyes healthy.
Here is a list of some healthy food:-
a. Omega 3 Fatty Acids:- Omega 3 fatty acids have the ability to relieve the irritation caused by dry eyes. Take omega 3 fatty acid supplements or consume foods that are rich in this nutrient like flax seed oil, Chia seeds, palm oil, walnut, soybean oil, eggs and fatty fish like mackerel, sardine, salmon, and tuna.
b. Vitamins:- Dry eyes require consumption of vitamin E like peanuts, sunflowers, bean sprouts and sesame, nuts, milk, asparagus, animal liver, and fish fat. Vitamin C includes grapefruit, lemons, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage. Vitamin A likes liver of chicken, duck, pork, fish, eggs, duck eggs, carp, and milk.
c. Potassium:- Potassium is very important in relieving dry eyes. Eat food rich in potassium like bananas, pulses, kelp, pecans, avocados, almonds, wheat germ, raisins, dates, and figs.
d. Gooseberry Juice And Honey:- This gooseberry juice is very important for the eyes and also helps in increasing the eyesight. Take out the juice of fresh gooseberry and mix 1 tsp honey in it and drink this juice. Repeat it daily for best results.
e. Zinc:- Zinc deficiency may result in dry eyes. Eat zinc-rich foods such as fish, legume, mushrooms, kelp, liver, yeast, sunflower seeds, whole grain and so on.
Eyes are the most sensitive organ of the the human body and so it is very important to take good care of our eyes. Follow these simple steps and feel the improvement in your eyes and also, maintain a good diet and healthy lifestyle.