Dry Eyes is frustrating; it waxes and wanes…. some days are better than others. I know only too well.
To help your dry eyes you’ve been to the Doctor, the Opthalmologist and still, things aren’t getting much better.
The reports are that dry eyes and dry eye disease is on the increase. We are, more than ever, in front of screens 9 to 5 or even longer.
Is dry eye syndrome a disease of the 21 1st century?
Are there ways to manage dry, irritable eyes day- to- day without reaching for artificial tears and drops as a solution?
YES, there certainly are…
3 Quick Ways To Help Your Dry Eyes
1. Exercise & hydration for dry eyes
It may sound obvious but often some of the smallest things can provide a really big benefit. As aqueous-deficient dry eyes is a loss of the water component of the tear film, keeping hydrated with good quality water can be a huge help.
Try to stay hydrated with at least 1.5 litres (50 fluid ounces) of water every day. After all, we are made of 70% water. Every single organ in our body needs water to function efficiently.
Check out how one dry eye sufferer used hydration to cure her dry eyes
This handy calculator can help you approximate your water requirements based on body weight and other factors.
Exercise (either cardio or resistance training) of 30 -45 minutes 2-3 times a week can assist with detox, boost the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine and provide a natural upswing in androgen hormones. Lower levels of testosterone, an androgen, have been shown in studies to affect the functioning of the meibomian and lacrimal glands in the eye.
2. Detox & Cleansing
Set aside 2-3 weeks to really get back to basics with your diet. We aren’t talking about living off broccoli and apples but more about cutting back on sugar, wheat, dairy products and alcohol as much as possible.
Aim for 5 or 6 days every week with fresh, healthy food choices. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels.
There are lots of great substitutes for wheat and dairy; from quinoa and brown rice, to soy and nut milks such as almond milk.
Check out the detox page for more details, recipe ideas and top tips for your detox program.
3. Rest & Meditation
Studies have show that our eyes need at least 5 hours of sleep per night to properly replenish. Eye spasms and twitching have been linked to sleep deprivation.
A lack of sleep also leads to more common symptoms of bloodshot, scratchy eyes – and of course dry eyes.
A simple tip is the cat nap; an afternoon snooze, spanish style, for 20-30 minutes.
If your eyes feel scratchy and look at little bloodshot and inflammed, a cat nap never fails to reduce the redness, increase moisture and leave your eyes feeling just that bit more refreshed.
If you’d prefer not to sleep, then meditation for 20 minutes not only leaves your tired eyes feeling a bit more refreshed but also reduces stress and calms the mind.
To help your dry eyes for the better, combine 2 or more of these dry eye fixes.
These are by no means miracle cures, however you may just be surprised at the improvements you find in a reasonably short space of time.