Natural plant eye drops for dry eyes

Dry eyes herbal treatment


What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes are those which lack enough lubrication because of the absence of appropriate content in tears.

This usually occurs when the lacrimal glands do not secrete enough tears to keep the eye properly lubricated (this is known as lachrymal hyposecretion syndrome). Other times it occurs because the lubrication is of poor quality (blepharitis or dysfunction of the meibomian glands).

This condition produces a very unpleasant discomfort in the eyes, causing eye discomfort, vision problems and may be responsible for eye injuries in the cornea and the conjunctiva.

Symptoms of dry eyes

The main symptoms of dry eyes are:

  • Eye pain

  • Itching

  • Red eyes

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    Ocular dryness causes redness of the eye and discomfort. Adequate lubrication is very important to keep the eyes in good condition. The lack of lubrication is responsible for our eyes becoming dry

  • Dry eyes

  • Burning eyes

  • No tears

  • Punctures in the eyes

  • Fatigue

  • Discomfort

  • Light sensibility

  • Difficulty reading

  • Difficulty in watching television

  • Feeling of sand or something strange within the eye

  • Blurred vision

  • Etc.

Although dryness in the eye is a common symptom of this abnormality, sometimes the eyes of people suffering from this problem become full of tears. This is a reaction against the eye dryness, in which the eye produces more lubricant to deal with the lack of tears.

However the characteristics of this lubricant are not so good as the usual one, since it is mainly composed of water.

Causes of dry eyes

The main causes of dry eyes are:

Age: Older people often have problems with dry eye. Over the years, the tear glands cease to produce enough liquid so that the eyes are removed.

Why do eyes become dry?

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As people get older their eyes become drier.

  • Environmental factors: very dry environments generally produced by air conditioning, heating, by the presence of fans, by strong air currents, etc. They are responsible for the lack of moisture in the eyes.
    • Lack of environmental humidity: places with air conditioning, fans, wind, swimming pools, sunbathing, etc.

    • Environments with a lot of smoke: the contact of the eyes with the smoke, especially the tobacco smoke, can cause ocular resection
  • Bad habits:

    • Many hours in front of the screens and without resting your eyesight: working in front of a computer screen, reading or watching screens with low light, not resting your eyes during reading, watching television many hours, etc. They are habits that strain the eyes and can cause dry eyes.

    • Use contact lenses for a long time, especially if you wear contact lenses for more hours than recommended, if not washed properly, if you sleep with them or if they are reused for longer than indicated.

    • Using glasses with dirty lenses

    • The use of cosmetics such as makeup and products designed to remove these products may increase the dryness or irritation of the eye

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Characteristics of dry eyes

Diseases that can cause eye dryness

There are certain disorders or health effects that can cause dry eyes as a side effect:

  • Medications: Some medications cause dry eyes.

  • Hormonal changes can produce alterations in ocular lubrication (taking contraceptives, diabetics, thyroid problems, etc.)

  • Eye diseases: Some diseases of the eyes are responsible for dry eye, such as conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers

  • Ophthalmological operations: ocular dryness can occur in the postoperative period of ophthalmological interventions, such as ocular refractive surgery, LASIK, cataracts, pterygium, etc. For this reason it is always recommended to use lubricating drops during the postoperative period. Ocular dryness in these cases may be transient or not.

  • Sjögren’s syndrome: One of the characteristic symptoms of this disease is ocular dryness. Other diseases related to dry eyes: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

  • Menopause: Menopasic wowen are likely to suffer from this problem.

Diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes

An eye problem requires first a prior visit to the specialist, the ophthalmologist, to determine the real causes of the disorder. If it is a symptom derived from an eye disease, the treatment and improvement of this disease manages to reduce or eradicate ocular dryness.

Reading in low light

Reading in low light dries the eyes and produces eye fatigue

Dryness caused by environmental factors or bad habits

When it comes to environmental factors, avoid environments with low humidity and improve vision habits can improve eye dryness or definitely end it.

If these are bad habits, these habits should be corrected to prevent the eyes from drying out, as would be the proper use of contact lenses.

What medications are used in the treatment of dry eyes?

The official treatment of dry eyes is based mainly on the administration of eye drops, ointments and artificial drops to lubricate the eye and improve dryness, reduce irritation and prevent possible complications of this affectation. These preparations can also incorporate anti-inflammatory drugs for the eye, in the form of drops.

In severe cases of dry eyes may require other treatments, to be evaluated by the ophthalmologist.

Complications of dry eyes

The most important thing to prevent vision problems is to perform ophthalmological checks every year, especially at maturity. Early treatment with artificial tears can prevent many complications of dry eyes:

  • Keratitis

  • Scars

  • Vision loss

  • Corneal and conjunctival lesions, such as ulcers

In most cases, eye dryness can be effectively controlled by proper treatment, healthy eye habits and the administration of eye drops.

Natural remedies for dry eyes

The natural treatment of dry eyes includes a series of recommendations to follow to avoid aggravating this disorder. In addition, advice should be applied in daily life to prevent eye dryness from worsening.

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