Dry Eye Syndrome:
Natural Approach to Treating and Preventing Dry Eye Syndrome
the years, I've noticed that a growing number of people are reporting
"dry eyes" during my initial evaluations. The most common
complaints are burning, stinging, and scratching sensations. People
who wear contacts often report that their eyes feel unusually uncomfortable.
you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's highly advisable
that you address the root causes of dry eyes, as chronic dry eyes
can actually leave small abrasions on the surface of your eyes.
most common cause of dry eyes is a lack of tears, which are needed
for proper lubrication of your eyes, as well as to wash away foreign
bodies and waste particles.
common causes of dry eyes include:
dry living or working environment
to cigarette smoke - first or second-hand
use of cold or allergy medications
problem with your eyelids or eyes, such as a drooping eyelid (ptosis)
or bulging eyes (exophthalmos)
syndrome, which comes with dry mucous membranes
recent study out of Harvard reports that people who eat foods
rich in omega-3 fatty acids can lower their chances of experiencing
dry eyes by as much as 68 percent. Interestingly, people who eat
a higher ratio of omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 fatty
acids can actually double their risk of developing dry eye syndrome.
is yet another facet of our health that can be improved by eating
foods rich in omega-3
fatty acids and negatively affected by eating a diet that promotes
a high omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio.
foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include:
fish that are typically low in mercury, such as wild
salmon and sardines
addressing your intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, here
are some additional steps that you can take to help prevent and
reverse dry eye syndrome:
a humidifier in the winter if you live in an area that requires
possible, avoid air conditioning, second-hand smoke, and direct
to avoid regular use of contact lenses
close and rest your eyes at regular intervals
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