Most cases of dry eyes are caused due to the evaporation of tears from your eyes – which is exactly what happens after spending a lot of time on your phone! Treatment usually doesn’t require going to the doctor… See how eye drops and homemade remedies can help!
Normally tears are made up of water, oil and mucus, which keep the eyes lubricated and protected from germs. If you blink often enough, these three components distribute equally over the surface of your entire eye. But if you don’t blink a lot or for an extended period, your eyes can become dry and uncomfortable due to lack of lubrication.
You may not know that there are certain foods which could be adding to this problem!
1) Caffeinated drinks, especially coffee:
While drinking caffeinated beverages stimulates the body initially by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS), it has an opposite effect by stimulating the production of certain chemicals in the body such as cortisol and adrenaline. These chemicals can cause your tear glands to go into overdrive, eventually drying up your eyes.
While drinking alcohol may give you a temporary relief from dry eyes for its intoxicating effects, it causes dehydration which will lead to more pronounced symptoms including itchiness and irritation.
2) Spicy food:
If you love spicy food and eat them often then you probably know that spicy food causes heart burn and indigestion leading to water retention. This is because of the high amount of sodium content in them; Sodium retains water in the body which further exacerbates dry eye condition by reducing lubrication on the surface of your eye from the tear film. So, if you eat spicy foods regularly, then it is best to keep your intake of salty/oily food to a minimum.
Consumption of too much sugar causes problems for many people including those with dry eyes. Excess consumption of sugar causes insulin spikes which lead to water retention and dehydration. This ultimately affects the quality of tears on the surface of your eye resulting in less lubrication, irritation and poor vision clarity.
5) Vitamin B6:
Certain vitamins are known to cause dryness in certain parts of the body such as vitamin B6 which can cause issues with mucus membranes including those that line your eyelids.
Some of them are listed below:
1) Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol and tobacco.
2) Increase Omega 3 fatty acids intake:
Omega-3 fish oil supplements are known to reduce chronic dry eyes caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This is because of their anti-inflammatory properties which help increase the quality of tears on the surface of your eye, improving vision clarity. It has been seen that an average person with MGD will experience 55% improvement in symptoms within one upon supplementing with omega-3-fatty acids.
3) Hydrate yourself properly:
Drinking enough water is important to keep your eyes moist. If you are not hydrated enough, the quality of tears will be compromised due to lack of lubrication on the surface of your eye which can cause severe eye irritation and poor vision clarity. Take small frequent sips instead of large glasses or bottles that may overwhelm your stomach causing indigestion.
4) Try over-the-counter artificial tear supplements:
Artificial tears help moisturize dry eyes by adding more moisture to your eyes for a short period. It has been seen that they do not work effectively for all cases which require permanent treatment such as using preservative-free drops at nighttime before sleep without blinking too much.
5) Use home eye compresses:
Warm compresses help add more moisture to the eyes and relieves dryness in just a few minutes. You can also use cold compresses to soothe irritated eyes caused by dust or pollen. Here is how you can do it:
– Pour some water in a bowl and add ice cubes over it
– Place a towel over your head and lean towards the bowl for about 5 minutes making sure that your face is soaked with steam from the warm/cold water. This helps relax and refresh your eyes and reduce pain and inflammation. It is especially helpful after long hours of computer work when there has been too much eye strain leading to poor vision quality.
6) Reduce screen time:
Long hours of screen time such as watching TV, working on computer and mobile phones can lead to dry eyes caused by decreased blinking. This is because you might be unconsciously focused on the images displayed that it has been seen that eye blinks are reduced up to 50% while viewing an electronic display. So, make sure you blink a few times every minute while spending a lot of time in front of your screens which will help rejuvenate your eyes.
7) Try medical grade lubricants:
If nothing else works, then consult a qualified ophthalmologist who can prescribe custom made lubricating drops. These drops have high longevity and moisturizing ability due to which they work effectively for long hours without any added irritation or discomfort They are available both over the counter or through a doctor’s prescription.
8) Rest your eyes every 15 minutes:
Every 15 minutes, give your eyes a break by looking away from the computer screen and focus on something far for about 20 seconds. Your eyes will thank you in the long run!