Remedies for Dry Eyes

The eye is the organ of vision that allows us to appreciate everything around us (shapes, colors, brightness, volume of objects, etc.

Despite its importance, often abused him and sat down, for example, in front of a computer, tablet, video game or similar, for hours, while focusing on the screen, a situation that the eye undergoes a major stress (significantly reduces the blinking), which can lead to dryness.

It is important to note that the blinking is a normal reflection which produces the brain to produce each tear that is distributed across the corneal surface and the eye to remain wet.
If you blink less often, the eye tends to dry out from receiving moisture across its surface.

Thus, contrary to what one might think, tears or excessive tearing caused by the ingress of dirt in the eye, does not solve the problem because these tears are more dilute than normal.

Besides the constant attention of the display fixtures, there are other factors that can contribute to the onset of dry eye as lack of fluids, do not sleep well or be exposed to a very dry environment (air-conditioned office, an airplane cabin, etc.

It is also necessary to note, that as we age we produce less tears and therefore have less moisture and women over age 50 suffer from dry eyes more than men due to hormonal changes during menopause ( low estrogen), and if you wear contact lenses, dry eye is present before age 40.

Home Remedies
Close the eye for a few minutes and then sprinkle them with a little water. Do not use this drug in the case of lenses, since water is accommodated below the lens which can cause an infection.

Soak a cloth in water and apply as a compress over your eyes for a few minutes. Repeat this remedy two or three times.

Pour 2 tablespoons of chamomile in one cup of water that is boiling. Cover, strain and cool. Put on the lids closed, using a cloth soaked and leave in place for several minutes.

Take breaks every hour observing distant objects and close your eyes to rest, since thus relaxes the eye muscles to focus.

Have a correct prescription for glasses or contact lenses.

Maintain an appropriate font size, and a balanced brightness on your computer, mobile phone, etc.

Use screens or matte anti-glare filter at a distance of 40 to 60 cm.

Ensure that the ambient lighting is larger than the screen brightness.

Do not buy artificial tears that have preservatives. If you use artificial tears more than once or twice per day, choose a mark that does not contain preservatives. Otherwise, you may feel itchy eyes.

No medicinal use drops, since these are decongestants and constrict the blood vessels of the eye. Therefore, remove the redness but not dryness.

Be careful with the hair dryer. It is recommended to keep it as far away from the eyes and as extra measure, use half of the operation.

Dampen the area where you work. When one realizes that the environment where work is very dry, it is recommended to place a humidifier near the table.

Avoid alcoholic beverages because they usually leave mouth and dry eyes.

Stay away from cigarette smoke. It is well known that smoking dries out the eyes.

Use contact lenses only half the day. To alleviate the discomfort of dry eye, it is recommended to remove contact lenses at the end of a working day.

Avoid consumption of drugs such as decongestants, antihistamines, sleeping pills or sedatives, now that dry eyes.

Find an ophthalmologist if:

The eyes remain dry, despite the use of remedies and recommendations presented above.

If you experience itching and pain.
The vision changes often.
Pus or other suppuration present in one or both eyes.

If you have eyes and dry mouth and arthritis (these symptoms may be signs of Sjögren's syndrome: rare but treatable, which in many cases affects middle-aged women).
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