17 Home Remedies For Dry Eye

Home Remedies for Dry Eyes

Home remedies for dry eye are important as dry eye syndrome can be such a pain in the a** and severe ones can even harm your vision. 

The biggest problem is that dry eyes cannot be cured until the underlying causes are treated. This takes time and in some cases, it stays permanent. 

That is why some home remedies for dry eye are needed. Or else you have to find the doctor for every single issue you have with your dry eye syndrome.

If you experience mild or occasional dry eyes symptoms, you may be able to manage your condition with over-the-counter eyedrops and frequent eyelid washing.

However, this will only treat the symptoms temporary.

You can actually relieve some of the symptoms of dry eye syndrome more permanently by making small changes to your lifestyle.

These home remedies for dry eye can help to alleviate the problems of dry eye and are safe to use.




Home Remedies For Dry Eyes

Here are the 17 remedies which you can do at home for dry eyes.


Read Your Medication 

Read your medication

Some drugs can cause dry eyes as a side effect.

These medicines include diuretics for high blood pressure, Beta-blockers for heart or high blood pressure, antihistamines for allergies, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and pain relievers. 

Even the artificial sweetener aspartame can result in dry eye. 

Check with your doctor whether it is possible to change the medication what does not cause dry eye but gives similar effect.


Quit Smoking 

If you smoke, it is important to quit. 

Cigarette smoke causes dry spots to develop on the surface of the eye 40 percent more quickly than when the lids are held open.

In addition, smoking increases your risk of getting glaucoma and cataracts.


Improve Your Meals

This is the most important tip of the home remedies for dry eye. 

Not only it can improve your condition, it also reduces your risk of getting other types of eye disease. 

Firstly, your body needs good amount of essential oils (good fats) especially omega-3 for lubrication of the joints and the eyes. 

There are good and bad fats. 

Eat food high in omega 3

The undesirable fats, called saturated fats increases your LDL and clogs your arteries, causing heart disease and stroke.

You can find them in fried foods, butter, dairy products and margarine. 

On the other hand good fats such as Omega-3 can be found in cold-water fish, flaxseed, edamame, walnut and kidney beans. Eating enough omega 3 can help with dry eye syndrome. 

While research is still evolving, some evidence shows that omega-3 fatty acids may improve tear quality and quantity.

Secondly, your eye and body need lots of vitamins and antioxidants to combat diseases.

Lack of proper nutrition is the cause of many diseases which result in the dry eye syndrome. Include lots of greeny vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, and fruits is a good combat against health diseases.

Supplementing with a good eye vitamins can give your eyes everything they need to repair weak or damaged parts of the eye.


Blink More Often 

When you blink, you squeeze out tears from the glands in your eyelids and moisten your eyes. 

Normally we blink about twenty times per minute.

However, when we are engaged in activities which requires intense focusing such as reading, using computers and watching TV, we blink much less.  

I have a post-it note on my monitor to remind myself to blink.




Adjust Your Nose Pad 

Adjust the nose pads

Check the nose pads on your eyeglasses.

Are they pushing down your eyelids when you wear them? 

If so, you may experience increased rate of tear evaporation.

To avoid this, find an optician to adjust the pads.


Avoid Eye Makeup 

I was hesitant to add this to the list of home remedies for dry eye at first. Because I do not want the ladies to come chasing me around with an axe. 

But come on, eye makeup has been shown to thin out the oily layer of tear film - the area which prevent the eye from dehydrating.

Also, in its container, eye makeup can harbor bacteria.

Applying them to your eyes can cause infections

Remember to replace them frequently if eye makeup is absolutely unavoidable and don’t forget to remove your eye makeup every night too.


Stop Wearing Contact Lenses 

Contact Lens Wearer Frequently Experience Dry Eyes

You should really consider stop wearing contact lens if you have severe dry eyes. 

Soft contacts have sponge-like characteristics and soak up moisture around it to maintain its own saturation, thus promoting evaporation of tears from the surface of the eye.

If you wear contact lenses, be aware that many eye drops, especially artificial tears, cannot be used while your contacts are in your eyes.

You'll need to remove them before using drops and wait 15 minutes or even longer (check the label) before reinserting the lenses.


Eyelid Scrubs With Soap 

If you have rosacea or blepharitis, this cleansing action helps to decrease the number of bacteria in the eye and control inflammation. 

Use baby shampoo or another type of non eye-stinging soap recommended by your doctor.

Put the soap on your clean fingertips and gently massage your closed eyes near the base of your eyelashes. 

Make sure your fingers are thoroughly disinfected before you start the cleaning.


Use Humidifiers

Keep The Air Humid

A humidifier can make your environment kinder to your dry eyes by putting more moisture in the air.

This is especially important if you are living in dry, desert area.

With more moisture in the air, your tears evaporate more slowly, keeping your eyes more comfortable. 

Both furnaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer decrease the humidity in the air too. 


Practice The 10/10 rule 

Blink PostIt

This is one quick and effective home remedies for dry eye.

We blink less when we are engaged in activities that requires high visual concentration. 

If you notice your eyes are dry mainly while you are reading or watching TV, try closing your eyes in every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.

This can allow your eyes to rest and become moist again.


Reposition Your Monitor 

This simple adjustment can provide immediate relief for your dry eye syndrome.

Position your computer in a way that you are looking down on the monitor. 

Reposition Your Monitor

This allows your eyes to be partially closed, reducing the surface area of the eye exposed to the air and help to reduce Computer Vision Syndrome.




Decrease The Speed Of The Fan 

Excessive air movement dries out your eyes.

Avoid having excessive air movement by decreasing the speed of ceiling fans and/or oscillating fans.


Wear Sunglasses With Side Shields 

When you are outdoors, wear a wrap-around sun goggles.

Such sunglasses can help to reduce evaporation of moisture from the eye as much as 40 percent by blocking the wind and sunlight. 


Avoid Smog And Fumes 

They not only cause dry and irritated eyes, but they also inactivate the enzyme that acts as anti-bacterial agent in the tear fluid.


Use Chinese Herbs 

Chinese Herbs

The use of Chinese herbs have been around for more than a thousand years.

Goji berries (wolfberries) and chrysanthemum are the most commonly used herbs for various eye disorders including dry eyes. 

In addition, they are highly packed in antioxidants which is good for your health.


Drink More Water

As our tears are mainly make up of water content. drinking more water is one of the important remedies for dry eyes too.

Mild dehydration often makes dry eye problems worse, especially during hot, dry and windy weather.

Simply drinking more water sometimes reduces the symptoms of dry eyes.


Apply Hot Compresses 

Warm Compress

This works as one of the wonderful home remedies for dry eye. It is especially helpful if you have meibomian gland dysfunction.

Find a clean cloth and wet it with warm water. Then cover your eyes with the warm cloth for 5 minutes. 

Re-wet the cloth with warm water when it cools.

Gently rub the washcloth over your eyelids to massage them and loosen any debris. 

The heat warms up the oil in the oil glands, making it flow more easily and the massaging action helps get the oil out of the glands. 


Other Home Remedies for Dry Eye?

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