Natural is better.  Organically grown food, solar energy, home remedies that really work, and non-GMO products are unarguably better for us.  So why shouldn’t our eye care also be natural?

Natural Eye Care for Dry Eyes

Everyone suffers from dry eyes at one point or another.  Before rushing to use medicated eye drops or even surgery to correct dry, irritated eyes, try these proven natural remedies.  The wonderful thing about the listed remedies is that you can use multiple remedies at once to achieve the maximum desired relief.

Fluids

Staying hydrated is vital to many bodily organs working at peak proficiency.  If the body does not have enough water, major organs such as the lungs, brain, and eyes can become dehydrated and function poorly.  When the eyes become dehydrated, they can become dry, red, and itchy.  Since the eye is constantly flooded with tears, and water is a vital ingredient in tear make-up, staying hydrated with fluids is top on our list.

Reminder:  Try to drink at least (8) 8 oz. glasses of water every day.

Exercise

Engaging in some form of cardio exercise for 30 minutes every day is proven to increase and improve circulation.  Since vital nutrients are delivered to the eyes through blood, maintaining optimum circulation in the body, especially the eyes, will improve overall eye health.

Humidifiers

Climate has a large part to play in how dry eyes are over a period of time.  When the climate is dry and arid, the protective fluid that covers the eyes can dry out leaving the eye surface dry and susceptible to irritation and redness.  When a home uses air conditioning in the summer or heat in the winter, the air can also become dry.  Investing in a humidifier to keep next to your bed or work area is especially helpful in fighting a dry climate.

Protective Eyewear

Just as a dry climate can evaporate the protective fluid layer from the eyes, so can bright light or wind.  Whether skiing, riding in a convertible, or just having fun outdoors, be sure to include some type of protective eyewear.  Glasses that wrap around the eyes work best when outdoors.

Goggles at Night

Some people sleep with their eyes partially open.  To keep the eyes from drying out while you sleep, try goggles, a sleep mask, or eye gels to keep eyelids closed.  There are many different styles and materials used for maximum sleep comfort.  Try different ones to find the perfect fit for your slumber.  As an alternative to using goggles, a warm compress at night can help keep the eyes closed and soothe irritated eyes.

Warm Compresses

A warm compress not only feels good on the eyes, but it can help clear out any dirt, debris, or crust that can form on the eye lids and lashes over time.  The heat from the compress allows circulation to improve and the tiny muscles around the eyes to relax.  Patients who suffer from meibomian gland dysfunction or blepharitis find that a warm compress applied 2 to 3 times a day help to relieve symptoms is often effective.  Be sure that your compress is clean before applying it to the eyes.  For blepharitis, or MGD, ( clogged oil glands)  a hot wash cloth is not good enough

Using a compress that can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer can also bring relief to eyes that are crusty, red, irritated, or puffy.

After loosening up the dirt and debris from the eyes, try cleaning the eyes using a natural eye cleanser keeps mites, dirt, and debris from collecting on the lashes, lids, and outer eye.

Sleep

Studies have shown that getting enough sleep not only helps the body work as intended, but it allows you to live longer.  An active adult should get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.  Many people who “burn the midnight oil” and don’t allow their bodies to rest find that, in addition to feeling unwell, their vision is also affected.

The eyes use tiny muscles constantly when we are awake to focus, move, and blink.  These muscles become fatigued over time and need to rest during sleep.  If you find that you are unable to get enough sleep, try closing your eyes for several minutes to allow the muscles to rest.

Cucumber Slices

A known treatment for reducing puffy eyes, cucumber slices have been used for many years at high-end spas to make patrons look and feel younger.  When resting the eyes after a long day a work, try placing a couple of cool cucumber slices over your lids.  You will find that this not only reduces puffiness but reduces redness and dryness.

Oily Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are important in a well-rounded diet.  Eating a sufficient amount of oily fish, such as tuna or salmon, at least 2 times per week, provides the body with the nutrients to help relieve dry eyes.  If you find that you are unable to eat oily fish on a regular basis, try taking a supplement that contains omega-3 fish oil.

Be aware that not all supplements are created equal.  Only purified, natural fish oil such as the type found in TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules yield the best results.

Natural Oral Dry Eye Treatments

Artificial tears, eye drops when used frequently wash away the natural lubricants your eyes produce.  Making your eyes drier and drier.  When this happens, seek natural oral treatments for dry eyes that help you restore your own tear functions for dry eye relief.

Bonus:  Avoid These Common Mistakes

Eye Drops

Whether over-the-counter or prescription drops, frequent use of eye drops can actually be harmful to the eyes.  The protective layer of fluid that covers the eyes is made up, not only of water, but mucus, proteins, and lipids that thicken the tears and keep them from quick evaporation.  Using eye drops on a long-term basis can actually train the eyes to produce fewer tears, leading to even drier eyes.  When this happens, look for all natural oral dry eye treatments.

Computer Use

Staring at a computer screen for hours a day can cause havoc on the entire body.  Hunched shoulders, painful lower back issues, and dry eyes are just a few of the side effects from sitting in front of a monitor all day.  Since computers are a part of our daily lives, avoiding them is often impossible.

For those who find themselves in this situation,

  • Try to move around once every five minutes by turning, twisting, or stretching.
  • Take a stand-up break every thirty minutes. Many companies are investing in desks that move up and down to allow workers to stand or sit while working.
  • Look away from the screen and stare at something far off once every ten minutes.
  • Don’t forget to blink! It is proven that when people are looking at a computer screen, they don’t blink as much.  Blinking allows the tear film to redistribute and cover the ocular surface.

Refined Foods

Foods that are overly processed such as white bread, refined sugar, and margarine should be avoided when suffering from dry eyes.  Instead, try less processed foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, organic whole wheat bread, and green tea to help the body bolster its ability to function properly.

Don’t Forget the Nutrients

Dedicated to finding natural ways to help people overcome dry eyes, TheraLife Eye has a complete line of all-natural supplements and supplies to help you find your way back to comfortable, pain-free eyes.  Through a unique proprietary and all-natural formula certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TheraLife Eye capsules are clinically proven to help those with chronic dry eyes find relief.  When added with other natural remedies, the results are astounding!