Eyes are beautiful gifts given to us by God and nature that we can see the beautiful world. So, it is our responsibility to take care of our eye health. But our poor lifestyle, polluted environment and some other reasons affect our eyes and cause conditions like dry eye syndrome. So, prevent yourself from dry eye syndrome naturally and manage the symptoms and causes of dry eye syndrome by following natural treatment such as herbs, home remedies and dietary tips.
Introduction to Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis, is a disease caused by the eyes’ inability to make enough lubricant for tears. It causes swelling of the delicate tissue like the retina of the eyes and itching. There are problems like redness of eyes, burning sensation, heaviness, sensitivity, and dryness in eyes. If it is not treated properly, it can also cause problems in the cornea and conjunctiva. This problem is common among older people, but even younger people living in a polluted environment, poor lifestyle and due to injuries can trigger this problem.
Herbs for Dry Eye Syndrome
Following are Some Effective Herbs Which Helps to Manage the Dry Eye Syndrome
It is one of the best natural remedies for dry eye syndrome. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and can inhibit the production of inflammatory cytokines that can subsequently decrease the reactions that cause dry eye syndrome.
Paprika is rich in vitamin A, which is considered beneficial for healthy eyes. It is useful in itchy, dry eyes and improve blood circulation and supply more oxygen throughout the body.
Fennel seeds contain anethole, an organic compound which provides anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of fennel seeds can help reduce irritability and inflammation, its properties can be used to maintain moisture in your eyes.
Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory and cooling herb that calms tired and inflamed eyes and helps in restoring moisture to dry eyes.
Bilberry is great for eye health and retinal disorders. It is also especially useful for dry, itchy eyes. Bilberry fruit extracts help improve blood flow, oxygen supply and the functioning of tear glands.
Mint is a very valuable plant. It will help to ease the itching and stinging of eyes due to dry eye syndrome. Menthol, the active component in mint that stimulates the production of tears and will make your eyes feel refreshed and energetic.
Home Remedies for Dry Eye Syndrome
1. Make a Change in the Environment
If you have dry eyes you should make a change in your environment which does not trigger the condition. Sometimes various environmental factors like high winds, dust, air conditioning, low humidity or heat, and smog can cause temporary irritation and dryness.
The changes that you can make in the environment are
- You should use a cool-mist humidifier
- Avoid dry air and air conditioning can irritate and dry the eyes
- Use filters to prevent pollutants and allergens
- Keep windows closed to prevent the entrance of dust.
2. Use of Humidifier
In winter, the heating system can cause the air in your home and dryness of your eyes. Use a humidifier when you are working indoors, it will give moisture to your eyes. If you do not have a humidifier, you can add a water pan to your radiator to add moisture to the air. Reduce the use of fans and hair drivers to protect your eyes and use glasses whenever you are out.
You can use rose water to eliminate eye fatigue and to get relief from dry eye. Rosewater contains vitamin A which is very beneficial for the eyes. For this, keep the rose water in the fridge and cool it first. Now dip the cotton ball in rose water and keep it on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Then wash the eyes with cold water. Doing this 2-3 times a day will eliminate your dry eye problem.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has alkaline properties. Aloe vera gel is a good moisturizer and also has anti-inflammatory properties. With its use, you can get relief from swelling of the eyes and redness of the eyes. For this, take out the gel by plucking the fresh leaves of aloe vera and apply it in the pupils of the eyes with light hands. After 10 minutes wash the eyes thoroughly with lukewarm water. You will definitely get relief.
5. Cucumber Slices
The use of cucumber slices is a classic treatment that is used as a natural treatment for dryness in the eyes. Keep the pieces of cucumber in the freezer to cool for 2 hours. When the pieces of cucumber become very cold, take them out and keep them on your eyes for at least 10 minutes.
5. Chamomile Compresses
Chamomile soaked padding is an excellent treatment that reduces inflammation, redness, and itching caused by dry eye syndrome. Add 2 teaspoons of chamomile to 1 cup of water and boil for 15 minutes. Soak a cotton pad or cotton cloth in it and then keep it on your eyes. Leave it for 10 minutes and if necessary, repeat it 2 times a day.
6. Compresses with Black Tea
Black tea contains many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that care for the outer areas of the eyes when the eyes cannot produce lubricants as needed. Take1 cup of water to boil and when it starts boiling add 2 teaspoons of black tea. Cover it for 20 minutes. When the drink becomes hot, soak a few pieces of cotton and keep it on the eyes. Leave it for 10 minutes and repeat it every day.
6. Keep Distance from Gadgets
Constant reading, watching TV, and using a computer can dry your eyes, so it will be important for you to rest your eyes in order to retain some moisture in your eyes. Keep blinking your eyelids continuously so that there will be moisture in your eyes. Also, heat your palms by rubbing them and keep them on your eyes for some time, this will give you a lot of relief, you can do this method many times while working.
7. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seed possesses anti-inflammatory and calming properties. It helps reduce irritation and inflammation and helps to keep moisture in your eyes. Put a teaspoon of fennel in a cup of water and boil it for 10-15 minutes. After it cools down, soak a cotton cloth in this hot tea and keep it in your eyes. And leave it for at least ten minutes. You should do this 2-3 times per day.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is used to serve various purposes. It contains fatty acids such as lauric and capric acid, which are useful for the skin and hair. They are also highly moisturized and anti-inflammatory, so its use helps in providing instant relief to your dry and itchy eyes. Add a few drops of coconut oil to your eyes. And try to soak this oil by blinking your eyelids. You can use it in the morning and night to get good results.
Some Other Tips to Prevent Dry Eye Syndrome
- Avoid smoking Cigarette smoke can increase the risk of dry eye irritation and dry eye development.
- Avoid alcohol consumption.
- Keep the temperature of the room in which it is low, maintain some humidity in the atmosphere.
- Do not let the air conditioner air directly on the eyes.
- Eat green vegetables, seasonal fruits and milk.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of beverages.
Diet Tips to Avoid Dry Eye Syndrome
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce dry eye irritation and ease inflammation. Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna (fresh), mackerel, salmon, sardines, herring, and anchovies. You can also take omega-3 fatty acids from nuts and seeds, vegetable oil, soybeans, green, leafy vegetables.
2. Vitamin C
This antioxidant, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for the blood vessels in the eyes. It is particularly effective in preventing cataracts and also supports overall eye health. Great sources of vitamin C include orange juice, grape juice, oranges, ripe spinach, tomatoes, bananas, apples.
3. Vitamin E
The antioxidant power of vitamin E food protects the eye cells from deterioration. It also enhances the immune system of the body. Great sources of Vitamin E includes Wheat grains (wheat seeds), almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, hazelnuts, and sweet potato.
It is an important mineral that helps your retina get vitamin A from your liver to make melanin. It is a pigment that guards the eyes. When zinc is deficient, the risk of eye infection is higher. You can take zinc from foods such as oysters, lobster, pork, yogurt, salmon, milk, fortified cereals, and eggs.
From complete information, it has been concluded that to maintain the health of your eyes, follow natural remedies. Adhering to the proper diet and lifestyle, using home remedies and herbs helps your eyes to function properly and also manage dry eye syndrome.
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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an Expert Ayurveda Consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.