Are Dry Eyes Driving You Crazy?

by on February 15th, 2011 at 7:00 am

During the winter months when we tend to crank the indoor heating, humidity levels are on average lower, and cold, blustery air is the norm once we step outside, it’s not uncommon to suffer from persistently dry, scratchy, irritated eyes (not to be confused with dry eye syndrome).

In addition, winter weather seems to coincide with cold and flu season. To combat symptoms, many of us turn to OTC medications such as antihistamines and nasal decongestants, which can exacerbate dry eyes. Look for natural ways to help address bothersome cold and flu symptoms, which can prevent mucus membranes from becoming overly dry.

Check out our tips for fast eye relief and help promote healthy vision:

  • Eat some Omega-3: studies show that this fatty acid may help alleviate dry eyes. Good sources include tuna, salmon, and flaxseed oil.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to help keep your body hydrated.
  • Practice good eye hygiene. Do not touch or rub your eyes with unwashed hands, and never share eye cosmetics with others.
  • Punch up your Vitamin A intake: a powerful antioxidant known for supporting eye health, Vitamin A can be found in foods such as fortified cereals, milk, eggs, and darkly colored orange or green vegetables (like carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes and kale).
  • Use natural remedies containing ingredients such as Billberry, Rooibos, and Cancer bush to support strength of blood capillaries in the eye, which helps promote overall visual health.
  • Use artificial tears as needed. However, use care to get to the root of your dry eye concerns, not just mask the symptoms.

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