Are your eyes dry? As the season changes, the fluctuation in temperature and humidity can make your eyes feel even more dry, gritty and irritated.
While dry eye symptoms can sometimes be mild, moderate to severe dry eye syndrome (DES) can be painful and debilitating. Left untreated, severe DES can cause corneal ulcers and even vision loss.
At Southern Eyecare Associates we believe that patients can benefit from a multifaceted approach to treating dry eye syndrome (DES) that includes both conventional treatments and natural healthy lifestyle changes.
Natural Remedies for Dry Eye Syndrome
Here are a few natural remedy suggestions that you may not have heard of:
Do you enjoy a caffeinated beverage in the morning? Whether it’s a caffeinated cup of tea or coffee, researchers have found that caffeinated drinks consumed in moderation can stimulate your ocular glands, allowing your eyes to create more tears within 45 minutes!
Nuts rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts can help offset hormonal swings that can leave you with dry, itchy eyes. Another benefit is that their omega-6 fatty acids can lessen inflammation in the eye. Scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital say that snacking on nuts daily can cut dry eye symptoms by up to 66% in some patients.
Scientists based out of Japan say that using a daily supplement made with maqui berries can calm itchy, burning eyes by as much as 72%. These tiny purple berries have antioxidants that can protect tear-producing glands from irritation.
Dry Eye Relief at Southern Eyecare Associates
At Southern Eyecare Associates in Norfolk we diagnose and treat dry eye syndrome. The first step toward finding relief is scheduling a dry eye exam. Treatment, which can range from eye drops to in-office treatments, will be based on the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms. We’ll also offer recommendations for steps you can take at home to promote better eye hydration and overall eye health.
Contact us today to schedule a dry eye consultation.
- A: There isn’t a cure for dry eye syndrome, but natural remedies can often help alleviate some of the dryness. If you’re experiencing dry eyes, there are a few things you can do at home. Try using a cool mist humidifier in your home or work space. It can also be helpful to not sit directly in front of air conditioning and fans. Of course, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water! While home remedies are often helpful, it’s crucial to have a dry eye exam and to follow your eye doctor's treatment recommendations.
- A: While dry eye syndrome is chronic, it can generally be managed with the proper medication and lifestyle changes. If mild dry eye symptoms are simply a result of indoor heating, then symptoms may sometimes go away if you use a humidifier. However, persistent dry eyes should always be evaluated by an eye doctor who treats dry eyes. Contact us Southern Eyecare Associates at Norfolk today to schedule an appointment.
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