Dry Eye Syndrome is a very common phenomenon causing lots of problems to millions of people all over the world. It is caused due to the deteriorating quality of the tear lining. A physically fit and healthy eye would be covered by a tear film. It is that fluid which remains between the blinks making your eyes wet.
The tear lining helps to keep your eyes free from infection and bacteria. It gives the eye a clean and clear vision without any irritation. The tear lining removes the dirt and any other dust particles that cause friction in your eyes.
When the productivity of fluid from your tear glands gets lessened, it leads to irritation and dry spots on the cornea - a reason for a weakened vision. It can easily be induced by various polluting factor in the environment.
Old age is also one of the factors leading to dry eye syndrome. Due to the increasing age factor our body produces less oil resulting in less fluid production. A very common phenomena among women who tend to have drier skin than men. This oil deficiency affects your tear film.
Other reasons like hot, dry or windy climate, high altitude, air-conditioning, cigarette smoke and air pollution can cause dry eyes. You can face this problem while reading or working in front of the computer for long hours. A good relief would be by blinking your eyes to keep in wet and healthy.
Wearing contact lenses also creates dryness in your eyes. Some particular medications, thyroid problems, Vitamin A deficiency, diseases like Parkinson's and Sjogren's can also be reason for dry eyes. A hormonal change during the time of menopause creates issues for women.
You can keep an 'eye' on certain signs and symptoms, which can be easily detected if suffering from dry eye syndrome. Itching, burning, irritation, redness, tiredness of eye, mucus surrounding your eye and many more can are the known signs.
Fatty acids are very important for our eyes as well as body. It helps in producing the right amount of energy for your body as well as maintaining good mental health. This deficiency of fatty acids can be taken through your diet.
Essentially there are two categories Omega 3 and Omega 6 which should be taken in 4:1 ratio. Consumption of almonds, walnuts including their oil, seeds of sesame, sunflower and their oil is very good. A diet which has borage oil, grape seed oil, primrose oil, soybean oil, whole grains can be very useful to avoid dryness in your eye.
Omega 3 can be found in cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring. Fresh vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts and canola oil would help to prevent any dry eye syndrome.
Dip a small towel in warm water, wring it. While lying down keep this towel on your eyelids for 15 minutes. Do this at least three times a day.
Drs. Christiaan Janssens
CRO Akwa Beauty & Wellness Belgium
Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.