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Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable.
But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision.
The following is a list of home remedies that can reduce the signs and symptoms of dry eyes.
1. Warm compresses
An alternative (and potentially more comfortable) way to help open clogged meibomian glands to treat dry eyes is to simply apply warm compresses to the closed eyelids to soften the hardened meibum.
Unfortunately, for warm compresses to work well, some researchers say you have to use a compress that can maintain a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 minutes, and the compresses have to be applied for this length of time at least twice a day.
Most people are unable or unwilling to perform this type of dry eye treatment correctly, and shorter and less frequent use of variable-temperature warm compresses typically is ineffective.
Thanks to the high technology, there are steaming eye masks which can control the warm compresses with a suitable temperature and at the same time do herbal fumigation to relieve the dry eye syndrome very effectively.
2. Herbal eye pad
Herbal eye pad (room temperature) As an effective adjuvant treatment, eye pads with superfine Chinese herbal extracts can help accelerate metabolism of orbital tissue and increase blood circulation to the retina. These herbal extracts include: lutein, dendrobium, senecio scandens, honeysuckle, buddleja officinalis, safflower, semen celosiae, wormwood, borneol, chrysanthemum.
3. Blink more frequently.
Research has shown that people tend to blink much less frequently than normal when viewing a computer, smartphone or other digital display. This decreased blink rate can cause or worsen dry eye symptoms. Make a conscious effort to blink more often when using these devices. Also, perform full blinks — gently squeezing your eyelids together — to fully spread a fresh layer of tears over your eyes.
4. Take frequent breaks during computer use.
A good rule of thumb here is to look away from your screen at least every 20 minutes and look at something that is at least 20 feet from your eyes for at least 20 seconds. Eye doctors call this the “20-20-20 rule,” and abiding by it can help relieve dry eyes and computer eye strain.
5. Thoroughly remove eye makeup.
Eyeliner and other eye makeup can clog the openings of the meibomian glands at the base of the eyelashes, leading to meibomian gland dysfunction and evaporative dry eye. At the end of the day, be diligent about remove all traces of makeup from your lids and lashes.
6. Use vegan shampoos that do not contain lot of chemical stuff.
Many dry eye patients get irritated or painful eyes when they wash the hair with normal shampoo. Their eyes might probably be very sensitive to some chemical stuff from the shampoo.
7. Clean your eyelids.
When washing your face before bedtime, gently wash your eyelids to remove bacteria that can cause blepharitis and meibomian gland problems that lead to dry eye symptoms. Apply a warm, moist washcloth to your closed lids for at least 20 seconds. Then gently wash your lids and lashes with a mild cleanser, such as diluted baby shampoo or pre-moistened eyelid wipes sold in drugstores.