Dry eyes can be caused by trauma, aging, menopause, medication side effects, nutritional deficiencies and some autoimmune diseases. Natural remedies can often bring relief to dry eyes. In some cases, a complete resolution of dry eyes can be expected, depending upon the initial cause. Simple home treatments for dry eyes include castor oil, borage oil, baking soda and dietary changes.
Some natural remedies are used topically; others are used internally.
Topical Treatments for Dry Eyes
Aloe gel or juice is simply wiped onto each closed eyelid, twice daily or as needed. You do not need to put the aloe into the eye.
Castor oil is another natural remedy that is applied directly to the eyelids, and not the eye. Apply castor oil once or twice a day; whichever is needed for your eyes to feel comfortable.
Some eye drops contain castor oil. If you wish to use castor oil in your eyes, use a hexane free and cold pressed castor oil.
When dry eyes are caused by an overly acidic system, baking soda works well to heal dry eyes.
Watch Earth Clinic’s video on using baking soda topically and internally to alleviate dry and burning eyes.
Dissolve ¼ teaspoon baking soda in 1/4 – 1/3 cup of water. Use your clean finger to apply some of this water to the eyelid of your eye. Then drink the rest of your baking soda water. This will reduce acidity at the site of the problem, and begin to resolve the acid issue from the inside out. You may only need this remedy in the morning, but you can repeat it before bed if needed.
Internal Treatments for Dry Eyes
Supplements for dry eyes can reverse nutritional deficiencies that cause dry eyes.
Borage oil is often taken in a supplement because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have also confirmed the usefulness of oils with GLA (an Omega 6 fatty acid) for dry eyes.1
Other oils that may be of use due to a high GLA content include evening primrose oil and black currant seed oil.
Fish oil and flax seed oil are two more oils that bring relief to dry eyes for some.
Because dry eyes can be associated with an overly acidic system, some dietary changes may be helpful. Coffee, tomatoes, processed foods and sugary foods can increase acidity in the system. Cutting back or eliminating these foods may solve your dry eye problem. (It may solve other health issues, too!)
Carrots and berries, on the other hand, may be especially helpful for dry eyes and good eye health in general.
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