Dry eyes are a common condition and are experienced by millions and millions of people. While occasional red eyes and itching can be irritating, chronic cases can cause infection and affect your vision.
Eye dryness can be caused by many things including aging, certain medications, allergies, hayfever, binge-watching Netflix or staring at a computer screen all day long. Dry eyes symptoms may include feeling like you have something in your eye, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.
Whatever the cause, you can reduce the symptoms of dry eyes. Consider these lifestyle tweaks and soothing dry eye treatments that will help you stop rubbing your sore eyes or experiencing dry eyes in the morning.
I think it is highly likely that everyone will experience discomfort, irritation, infection, redness, soreness, gunk, visual blurring or that aggravating gritty feeling that's caused by dry eyes at some point in their lives – if they haven't already.
For while there is as yet no cure for dry eyes, here are some of the many, many options for easing the irritation and discomfort so as to keep your eyes as healthy and youthful-looking as possible.
Best Ways To Soothe Dry Eyes
1. Blink More
The water, oil, and antibodies in tears moisten your eyes and fight infection. When you blink, they spread across your eyes in a protective film. Practice full blinks by gently squeezing your upper and lower lids until they touch, and holding them together for about 2 seconds.
2. Roll Your Eyes
Moving your eyes stimulates tear production too. Roll them side to side or up and down.
3. Massage Your Eyelids
Place a finger on your upper lid, and gently roll it around in small circles. The pressure will squeeze tears out of your glands.
4. Change Your Diet
What you eat affects your eyes. Spicy foods may dry them out, while some studies show that fish oil from natural sources or supplements can have the opposite effect. Consider adding a nutrient-dense organic greens drink to your daily nutrition regimen... especially if you have insulin sensitivity.
5. Check The Weather
Indoor heating and air conditioning both dry out the air and your eyes so you may want to adjust your thermostat. You may also be more comfortable if you stay out of drafts and wear sunglasses when it’s windy.
6. Spend More Time Off-line
Blinking slows down when you’re staring at computer or TV screens or even regular books. Take a break every half hour.
7. Remove Your Contacts
If your contact lenses are the culprit, buy cleaning solutions formulated for sensitive eyes. Cut down on the number of hours you wear your lenses during the day and take them out before you go to bed each night.
8. Measure Your Lashes
Scientists have discovered that each animal species tends to have lashes that are one-third the size of their eyes. When they’re longer, they actually funnel grit into the eyes. It’s one more good reason to go easy on the mascara and think twice before buying lash extensions.
Some eye medications can aggravate sensitive eyes so many people choose other easy treatments to relieve dry eyes.
9. Talk With An Eye Dryness Specialist
With so many different causes for dry eyes, you may need to consult with an ophthalmologist. A correct diagnosis will help you to find quick relief.
10. Apply A Compress
Heat may provide quick relief whether it’s a warm eye pillow at home or LipiFlow at your doctor’s office. LipiFlow machines heat and compress your eyelids safely and more intensely.
11. Consider Medication
You’ve probably seen TV ads for Restasis. It’s the only FDA-approved prescription for chronic dry eyes. Your doctor may also suggest steroids or antibiotics.
Many of my customers were regularly buying Restasis and have since switched to using the same natural ASO (activated stabilized oxygen) drops product that I use. They are happy with their results and the substantial savings made every month.
12. Close Your Tear Ducts
If your dry eyes symptoms require more treatment, there are medical procedures that plug your tear ducts so your eyes will produce more tears. This can be done on a temporary or longer-lasting basis. It’s painless and very effective for more severe cases of dry eye.
13. Use Artificial Tears - Eye Drops
Many people depend on their eyesight as the sense they value most. Increase your comfort and protect your vision by keeping your dry eyes lubricated and free of infection.
Most experts agree that the occasional use of over-the-counter artificial tears or eye drops as lubricants are safe. Shop around until you find the preservative-free eye drops brand that works for you.
I use an ASO (activated stabilized oxygen) drops product. It not only lubricates and soothes my dry eyes, but the drops come with many additional benefits. Increasing oxygen at the cell level may aid the healing of ailments like conjunctivitis also known as pink/red eye, cataract, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).