Healthy eyes aren’t all about adequate vision. If you suffer from dry or tired eyes, you know these conditions can be just as annoying as a day without your glasses. Perhaps it’s time to try something different.
The first rule of eye health is to eliminate the things that may have a negative effect. So, stopping smoking and wearing sunglasses, which protect from too much UV exposure, are a great start.
As is adhering to the 20-20-20 rule when using your computer or cell phone. Look away from the screen every twenty minutes. Focus at least twenty feet away for at least twenty seconds and break every two hours.
Now, to the kitchen. For optimal function, our eyes need nutrients like lutein, omega-3s, vitamins C and E and zinc. We can obtain these vitamins and minerals from spinach, kale, salmon, tuna, eggs and citrus fruits.
In Addition, if we obtain a healthy weight, which guards against type II diabetes, we can decrease our risk of multiple eye conditions including those that cause blindness.
Home Remedies for Dry Eyes
Again, eliminate the offenders. Time spent in front of fans, out in the wind and around hair dryers will cause dryness. Decreasing your time in these environments can help as well as using a humidifier during cold, dry months.
A quick tip to alleviating dryness is to apply a warm compress over your eyes then washing them with baby shampoo. The gentle cleansing action of the shampoo will open tear ducts and allow them to release the oils needed to produce quality tears.
Some studies suggest that drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day will provide lubrication from the inside out and decreasing sugar and other sweeteners may ward off dry eyes.
Finally, back to the beginning. Those green, leafy vegetables, omega-3 rich fish, and dietary supplements all have their part in keeping our eyes moist and comfortable.
If you have severely dry eyes check with your doctor to make sure there are no medical issues involved. And as always, if you wish to try one of the many over-the-counter remedies, get medical advice first.
As grandparents, we don’t want to be bothered with nuisances that can interrupt some very important activities. Things like reading and playing games with our grandkids cannot wait for dry eyes.