Do you have dry eyes?You might if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Burning and itching
- Feeling of having grit in eyes
- Eye fatigue
- Watery eyes
What causes dry eyes?Your eye has a protective layer called a ‘tear’ film that helps your eye retain moisture and stay lubricated. Dry eye occurs when this film is compromised. Many things contribute to this problem including: dehydration, allergies, medication, computer use, eye surgery, poor diet, air conditioning, smoking, makeup and contact lenses.
Natural help for dry eyes
- Drink water Your tear film is 90% water making it essential to stay hydrated for good eye health. Adults should drink at least 90 – 120 ounces of water per day. Avoid drinking coffee, tea or soda as these drinks contribute to dehydration that can compromise eye health
- Eat leafy greens Spinach, Chard and Kale are packed with anti-oxidants that help fight the free radicals that cause cellular damage, inflammation and oxidative stress. Free radicals are caused by exposure to environmental toxins, aging and poor diet. They cause inflammation in your body that can lead to dry eyes
- Add Fish Fish is not only great for your brain but also for your eyes. Salmon, sardines and other fatty fish have Omega 3’s. Fatty acids can reduce inflammation while helping to maintain the tear films lubricating oil content. Flaxseed oil as another good source of both Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that can not only help your eyes but also help you avoid heart disease
- Fresh fruit Eat bananas for potassium. When your body is dehydrated it loses potassium, this creates an unbalanced electrolyte level that can then cause many serious health conditions. Blueberries, Strawberries, raspberries and cherries are all packed with helpful anti-oxidants that are great for both eyes and body. Colorful fruits and citrus are great choices to add to your diet. They have vitamin C that can help your body fight off any infections that may come from rubbing irritated eyes.
- Get nutty Walnuts make a great snack to help boost your Omega 3’s while pecans and almonds are a good source of potassium. You can also add other potassium rich foods such as avocados, dates and figs to your diet.
Other ways to you can combat dry eyes
- Blink often You tend to blink less when you are looking at a computer screen or reading. Blinking helps to replenish eye moisture
- Protect your eyes Wear protective glasses when outside. Sun, wind, dust and pollution can make your eyes uncomfortable.