Dry eyes, also known as dry eye syndrome, occurs when your tears are not providing enough lubrication for your eyes. This can cause a lot of discomfort and produce several signs and symptoms.
Some signs and symptoms of dry eyes are a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, stringy mucus in or around your eyes, sticking together of eyelids when wakin up, increased sensitivity to light, redness in the eyes, a sensation of having something in the eyes (especially when wearing contact lenses), difficulty driving at night, and blurred vision or eye fatigue.
Dry eyes can be caused by both medical and environmental factors.
Usually, dry eyes are caused by a lack of adequate tears. Not tears from crying, but rather the tears produced by tear glands to keep the surface of your eyes smooth and clear, as well as helping protect your eyes from infection.
Your tear glands may produce inadequate tears as a result of aging, a medical condition (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency), certain medications, laser eye surgery and tear gland damage from inflammation or radiation.
At times, an increase in tear evaporation or an imbalance in the makeup of your tears can also cause this problem. This can be due to exposure to wind, smoke or dry air; hot blowing air; high altitude; reduced blinking while concentrating on some work like while driving or working at a computer; and some types of eyelid problems.
Certain risk factors can increase your chance of having dry eyes. These include being older than 50, being a woman (due to hormonal changes), chronic allergies, sleeping with your eyes partly open, wearing contact lenses, eating a diet that is low in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids.
If left untreated, dry eyes can lead to complications like increased risk of eye infections and damage to the surface of your eyes.
There are many simple home remedies you can use to deal with this uncomfortable eye problem in a natural way.
If you choose to use eyedrops (artificial tears), gels or ointments to treat dry eyes, it is best to consult your doctor first.
Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of dry eyes naturally:
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