Dry Eyes Home Remedies
What Are Dry Eyes?
Having dry eyes can be uncomfortable and painful. Dry eyes can be caused by a number of medical, environmental, and lifestyle factors. See your doctor if you are experiencing dry eyes. Make sure you don’t have an underlying condition causing dry eyes. Try home remedies and lifestyle changes to get relief from symptoms. These can help you prevent eye dryness and moisturize and lubricate your already dry eyes.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a general term used to describe dry eyes caused by either poor-quality tears or diminished tear production. The symptoms include:
- a scratchy, dry, and painful sensation in both eyes
- a feeling like something is in the eyes
- mucus in or around the eyes
- light sensitivity
- fatigued eyes
- blurred vision
- There are a number of factors that can cause dry eyes. These include:
- taking certain medications
- medical conditions
- environmental factors
- You should see your doctor to be sure you don’t have an underlying condition. You can also try any number of safe home remedies to get relief.
Good Eye Practices
The way you care for your eyes and eyelids can have an effect on your tear production and the quality of the tears that lubricate your eyes. Practice the following techniques regularly to reverse your dry eye symptoms:
- Apply a warm compress to your eyes. This can help unplug blocked tear glands.
- Clean your eyelids with a mild wash. Use an over-the-counter eyelid wash or water mixed with baby shampoo and gently massage the base of your eyelashes while your eyes are closed. Rinse thoroughly.
- Blink often. Blinking spreads fluid across the surface of your eyeballs. Make a point to blink regularly, especially when watching television, reading, or using a computer.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight. Exposure to the sun can cause dryness or make it worse.
When to See Your Doctor for Dry Eyes
If these remedies don’t bring you relief, or if you think you have a more serious condition causing your dry eyes, it’s time to see your doctor. Here are some symptoms that should prompt you to call your doctor for an appointment:
- redness and swelling
- pain beyond mild irritation
- an eye injury
- flaking or discharge from the eye
- joint pain, swelling, and stiffness
- dry mouth
- continued dryness after a few days of self-care
Dry eyes are temporary or a natural part of aging for most people. But in some cases, the condition is caused by something more serious. Try home care for relief and see your doctor if needed.