Dry eye syndrome, aka dry eyes, is caused when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or your tears don’t provide enough lubrication. This may result in lot of discomfort and is accompanied by a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, formation of stringy mucus in or around your eyes, increased sensitivity to light, redness or blurred vision. Here are five ways you can deal with this problem.
Take a clean cloth and soak it for a while in some warm water. Place this cloth over your eyes for five minutes. Later, gently rub the cloth over your eyelids, both lower and upper, so as to get rid of any dirt or debris. Repeat this process until the water cools. This method helps lubricate your eyes, thus improving the quality of your tears and relief from the redness and irritation that may be accompanied.
This oil acts as a rewetting agent for your eyes and keeps tears from evaporating quickly. Besides, it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the discomfort caused by dry eyes. Simply soak a cotton ball in coconut oil and place it on your closed eyelids for 15 minutes. Repeat this throughout the day till you find relief.
Studies have found that foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can help get rid of dry eye symptoms. Sources of omega-3s such as salmon, sardines, flaxseed oil, walnuts, etc., help reduce eye inflammation allowing for increased production of tears thereby relieving you of dry eye syndrome.
Aloe vera gel
Due to its alkaline nature, aloe vera gel is an effective remedy for dry eyes. Its moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and swelling. Rinse an aloe vera leaf and extract the gel. Take some gel on a piece of tissue and gently wipe it only on the outside of your eyelids. After 10 minutes, rinse with some lukewarm water. Repeat this twice daily.
This natural relaxant can work wonders on your strained and tired eyes. Besides, it’s rich in vitamin A, the deficiency of which results in dry eyes. Soak a cotton ball in rose water and apply it on your closed eyelids. After 10 minutes, rinse with some cold water. You can also use pure rose water as eye drops for instant relief. Repeat this thrice a day.