Having dry eyes as evening approaches may seem to be normal, but starting the day off that way is definitely not! Because they're irritated, you spend a lot of time rubbing them, and you may wonder if workable solutions exist.
If you suffer from dry eyes, try the 10 home remedies below to see if you can get relief. Some of these are so simple, you'll wonder why nobody mentioned them before.
1. 20-20-20. In this technological age, spending hours looking at a screen, whether it's a computer, tablet, smartphone or television, is the norm. All this screen-watching comes at a cost, though. It dries the eyes because you tend not to blink as often. In order to correct that, the Mayo Clinic recommends moving your eyes to focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This will also force you to blink to re-wet your eyes.
2. Humidifier. Adding moisture to the air through a humidifier, especially in the winter, may also help alleviate dry eyes, according to Healthline.
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3. Water. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is recommended by Medical News Today in order to keep your eyes hydrated.
4. Omega-3 fatty acids. Both WebMD and Healthline recommend eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to keep the eye glands working well. If the foods don't set well with you, you can also take these through oral supplements.
5. No sugar. Medical News Today states lessening sugar and sugar substitute intake may help with dry-eye symptoms.
6. Warm compress. Using a warm compress for at least one minute helps to soften oils that can clog the tear glands. WebMD recommends pressing the edge of the eyelid after using the compress to help remove the clogged oils.
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7. Eyedrops. Sometimes putting in eye drops is the best solution, according to Healthline. Everything from simple saline to gel drops are available without a prescription.
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8. Shampoo. Using baby shampoo or some other gentle shampoo to help clean crust from your eyelashes may help unclog tear glands and alleviate dry eyes as well, according to WebMD.
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9. No direct breeze. Air blowing directly into your eyes is bad. When angling fans or air-conditioning vents, Healthline recommends making sure that the breeze doesn't directly hit your eyes and worsen the problem.
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10. Blink often. Although this may seem silly to mention, both the Mayo Clinic and WebMD make a point of saying that simply blinking often will help if you suffer from dry eyes.
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Suffering from dry eyes
doesn't have to be a way of life. Simple solutions do exist. With these great ideas, you may be able to eliminate or greatly diminish your dry eyes.
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