Remedies For Dry, Irritated Eyes
The condition of dry uncomfortable eyes is common and can easily become chronic. It can make life difficult and frustrating, particularly for those who look at a computer screen for most of their day. According to the National Institutes for Health’s, National Eye Institute, millions of adults in the USA suffer with symptoms.
It is particularly common in postmenopausal women. The condition can be due to excess inflammation in the eyes affecting the tear ducts, cornea and the mucous membranes inside the eyelids. It can also be due to inadequate eye secretions due to blocked eyelid glands or damaged tear ducts.
The autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome may be an underlying cause. Dry irritated eyes can also be due to inflammation in the gut and liver and/or the wrong type of bacteria in the gut. People with allergic tendencies are more prone to suffering with irritated eyes, and they may not be able to tolerate contact lenses.
Here are some tips to make your eyes healthier and more comfortable:
- Apply a small amount of pure coconut oil to the eyes on retiring at night, rub the oil into the eyelashes as well. Make sure you wash your hands beforehand and keep the coconut oil clean by taking a small amount out of the jar with a clean spoon. Coconut oil has some antimicrobial properties, and research has shown it helps to reduce inflammation after UVB exposure.
- Take a good liver formula containing milk thistle, selenium and B vitamins. There is a correlation between liver inflammation and eye conditions. If you have an inflamed liver, a fatty liver or a sluggish liver, the inflammation and oxidative damage can affect the delicate eye tissue.
- Take fish oil capsules, 2 daily with food. The omega 3 essential fatty acids have anti inflammatory effects and lubricating properties. It is also beneficial to eat foods high in omega 3 fats, such as oily fish, free range eggs and pastured meat.
- Make a juice that is high in beta carotene. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A. Examples of suitable vegetables include carrots, beets, citrus fruits and spinach. There are juice recipes in my book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life. Not everyone converts beta carotene into vitamin A properly. That’s why it’s beneficial to also eat foods rich in vitamin A. These include egg yolks, oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and herrings, as well as liver. If you know your diet doesn’t always contain sufficient levels of these foods, Eye Formula tablets provide concentrated levels of clinically beneficial compounds to support eye health.
- Synthetic tears are available and can be administered with an eye dropper.
Some people with dry eyes have low testosterone levels so it is worthwhile to check these levels with a blood test. Testosterone can be administered in a cream or gel applied to the skin of the axilla or the vulva once daily. Testosterone increases oily secretions in the skin and mucous membranes and some people with dry eyes find it helps a lot. For severe dry eyes a few sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber can work wonders.
If you experience any new eye symptoms, you should always see an eye specialist doctor for a full eye check up. A doctor can unblock any problematic glands in the eyelids if the suggestions above have not helped sufficiently.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.