Dry eyes are caused by the lack of lubrication and moisture in the eye. Symptoms of dry eyes include eye irritation, inflammation, and even scarring of the front eye surface. Dry eyes is the most common reason for visits to the eye doctor. Nearly 30 million Americans report symptoms consistent with dry eyes. Dry eyes can greatly impact some people's lives. Everyday activities can be interrupted, such as driving, reading, working, using a computer, and watching television.
Dry eyes can be successfully managed through home remedies, artificial tears, or surgery. Controlling your dry eyes will result in greater eye comfort and sometimes sharper vision. Depending on the cause of your dry eyes, and the severity, home remedies may be the best solution to your dry eyes.
What Can Cause Dry Eyes?
There are many causes for dry eyes; when visiting with an eye doctor it is important to give him information about your lifestyle, medication, and previous health problems to pinpoint the cause of your dry eyes.
- Environment: dry eyes may increase due to wind and dry climates.
- Medication: dry eyes is a large side affect for many prescription drugs.
- Diet: Lack of complete diet, especially vitamin A, will cause dry eyes.
- Contacts: Using contacts for long periods of time may cause dry eyes.
- Poor tear-producing glands
4 Home Remedies
Depending on your cause of dry eyes, home remedies may be the best option for you to manage your dry eyes. We would recommend talking with your doctor, and checking your eyes at least once a year to catch problems early, and find the best solution for you.
1. Take breaks from electronics
While using a computer, portable electronic device, and television, we tend to blink less frequently and full. Blinking is one of our body's way of maintaining healthy eyes. While using electronics try to remember to blink!
Also, a great rule of thumb is the 20-20-20 rule; the rule will help with computer strain which can cause dry eyes. You should look away from a screen every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet ways for 20 seconds.
2. Remove eye makeup
Makeup can cause dry eyes by clogging the openings of meibomian glands. At the end of each day make sure to remove all traces of makeup from your eyes, and around your eyes. After removing your makeup, it is a good idea to gently wash your face around your eyes. Use a warm, moist washcloth on your closed eyelids for a few minutes.
3. Wear sunglasses
For best protection, wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV Rays, and wraparound-style.Wraparound glasses will protect your eyes from wind and debris that will irritate your eyes.
4. Switch to Glasses
Contact lenses can cause dry eyes. Either you can try switching the type of lens you use or reduce the number of hours you wear your lenses.
Again, there are many causes for dry eyes, and each person's eyes are different. Your eyes may become less dry through natural home remedies, but if not there are other options.
Many artificial tears are over the counter and can treat low to mild cases of dry eyes. In most cases, if the natural remedies are unsuccessful, artificial tears or lubricating eye drops are the next steps in solving your problem.
There are many different types of eye drop/ artificial tear solutions. Each formula is designed to solve a specific problem your eye is facing, for example, aqueous-deficiency vs evaporating dry eye condition. Also, some brands will cause blurry vision for a short period of time, thus it would not be wise to use during driving or in the workplace.
Due to the variety of formulas, and brands, we recommend talking with a doctor to examine which solution is best for you.
There are two different types of surgeries that will treat dry eyes - and each one should be considered and discussed with your doctor.
One option is the plug the drainage holes. Lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs, can be inserted. These plugs are made of silicone or collagen, are reversible, and are a temporary measure. In severe cases, permanent plugs may be considered.
A second option is Cautery. This is a simple surgery that will permanently close the drainage holes. Thus, allowing you to keep the limited volume of tears in the eyes for a longer period of time.
Natural and Drug Free Dry Eye Treatment
True Tear is a natural and drug free solution to dry eyes. True Tear is a device that uses state-of-the-art technology to help your eyes temporarily make more of our own tears. The device is ideal for patients who prefer a natural, drug free treatment for their dry eyes.
Better Vision Ahead
Dye eyes are a serious problem and affect many people. The best start to fixing your dry eyes is speaking with a doctor to go over your lifestyle, and pinpointing the problem. Once the source is found, you and your doctor can go over the best solution for you personally.
Here at BVA Advanced Eye Care, we have 3 optometrists, and 3 ophthalmologists on staff to give our patients Better Vision Ahead.
Call us today at 1-888-323-3937 We are happy to work with you!
Posted on Tue, December 19, 2017
by Ryan Nielsen filed under