Ways to Relieve Dry Eye Symptoms
Age, hormones, tobacco smoke, or dry environments are some of the factors that can influence dry eyes. It is something very annoying and to mitigate its effects you can implement some recommendations.
If your eyes water for no apparent reason, feel itchy or gritty and have red eyes, you are most likely part of the 30-50% of the population estimated to suffer from dry eyes.
This disorder can manifest itself at any age, although it is especially common to suffer when entering the forties and in the case of women in the stages of major hormonal changes (adolescence and menopause).
Although dry eyes cannot be completely cured, they can be controlled. That is, it is possible to alleviate the symptoms so that they are no longer a continuous annoyance.
In the following gallery, JLR Eye Hospital has recommended some of the treatments and habits that can mitigate the symptoms of dry eye and that, without a doubt, will improve your quality of life.
DRY EYE SYMPTOMS
Eye dryness occurs when there are not enough tears or they are not of good quality due to low production or high evaporation of the same. This disorder, if not treated promptly and properly, can lead to corneal abrasions
If you identify them ,go to the ophthalmologist:
- The sensation is essential to focus on the presence of the accompanying indications. having grit on the surface of the eyes.
- The appearance of discomfort when closing the eyelids.
Blurred vision fluctuated with blinking.
The appearance of a special sensitivity to light.
- Itching, stinging, and redness in the eyes.
- Sensitivity to air currents that rub against the cornea.
In addition to certain daily habits like the ones we recommend in the following gallery that are basically intended to relieve symptoms, there are a number of effective treatments to improve it:
- Treatment with autologous serum or plasma rich in growth factors.
- Intense pulsed light to stimulate the glands of the eyelids
- Specific treatments with antibiotics or anti-inflammatories
- Occlusion of the lacrimal points with microcaps
Note:- It will be your ophthalmologist who will determine if one or a combination of several of these dry eye treatments will be needed.
Rest your eyes every 20 minutes
We spend a large part of the day in front of a screen, whether in front of the computer at work, consulting the mobile, or watching television.
While you do all this you do not blink with the normal frequency, which is favoring dry eyes.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from looking 20 feet (6 meters) away to protect your eyes, and try to blink more often to allow them to regain some of the moisture they’ve lost.
Use artificial tears
It is one of the most common treatments for dry eyes. Artificial tears are compounds that mimic the composition of tears.
There are various counterfeit tears available. Your ophthalmologist will show the most suitable for your case, albeit now and again it is important to “attempt” a few tears until you see them as the right one.
Quality, preservative-free artificial tears are harmless to the eye and do not create dependency.
Do eye exercises
There are exercises that can help improve the quality of the tear film, and they won’t take you more than 5 minutes.
Force three yawns in a row. Make sure they are wide. This will force you to strongly tense the set of muscles surrounding the eyes and then relax them. Also, take the opportunity to make 5 full blinks slowly and consciously.
The flow of tears can then be spread over the eyes more easily.
Try not to expose yourself to air movements, both natural and artificial, such as air conditioners or fans, as they could further dry out your eyes.
If the agent that causes it is external and cannot be avoided (wind), get yourself some wrap-around sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Air conditioning and heating are two of the most common factors in the appearance and worsening of dry eyes.
To counteract its effects and alleviate the symptoms, try to be moderate with its use when it is in your hand or you can place a humidifier in the same space.
Add the effect of natural remedies
Sea buckthorn has an oil that is an excellent source of omega 7. Among other qualities, this substance nourishes, moisturizes, and protects the mucous membranes that surround the eyes, reducing dry eye symptoms.
It is recommended to take a dose ranging between 1 g and 2 g per day.
Stay away from tobacco smoke
Although we have plenty of reasons to stay away from cigarettes, in the case of dry eyes, exposure to smoke is one of the factors that clearly increases the risk of suffering from this condition.
Sometimes it is not possible to avoid excessively charged environments. If this is your case, try to alleviate its effects by putting into practice the other tips that we include.
Wash the eyelids
You will find great relief in the application of hot compresses on the eyes and with the gentle cleaning of the eyelids with soaps or wipes specifically designed for it.
This habit can help release oil that accumulates in the glands of the eyelids, which can improve the quality of tears.
It’s important to rinse the soap off completely once you’ve finished cleaning.
The importance of diet
Hydration is very important for our health, and of course for dry eyes. Although the average of 2-3L of water per day is used as a reference, the important thing is to stay hydrated throughout the day, with small sips of water on a constant basis.
In addition, a good intake of omega 3 is key to tears. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, or anchovies are a good source of this component. You will also find it in nuts or flax seeds.
Always consult your ophthalmologist first to find out if taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements is recommended in your case.
Name- Animesh Rai
Bio- Animesh Rai is a postgraduate in health and hospital management from the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, currently working as a Deputy Administrator at the Association for the Prevention of Blindness, a non-profit society, operating 200-bedded JL Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital. Hospital also has a training institute that offers full-time optometry courses in Kanpur.