Dr. Travis On Dry Eye, Blepharitis, and Eye Health on Expect Miracles
Healing Your Eyes From the Inside Out
The first recommendation we make when talking to a dry eye patient is to take a look at what they’re putting into their body every single day. What’s the easiest way to ensure that you’re starting each day on the right foot? Replace your breakfast with a green smoothie. Green smoothies, when made correctly and without processed sugar, can help you pack in all the antioxidants and nutrients your body needs for healthy eyes and vision.
For example, those diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) need to increase their antioxidants and carotenoids (like lutein and zeaxanthin) in order to promote healthy functioning of their macula. The macula is so tightly packed with cones and macular pigment, but if this is disrupted it can lead to problems such as AMD. By upping the intake of lutein, zeaxanthin, and other protective carotenoids, studies have shown that you can help prevent the progression of this disease. Although healthy eating isn’t directly going to benefit nearsightedness or farsightedness, it will help with the overall health of your eyes.
Other things that patients may not think about include toxins in your household cleaners. These can be replaced with vinegar and other non-toxic cleaning supplies so that your body isn’t consuming toxins on the regular. In addition to this, laundry detergent and dryer sheets can be harmful as well, so switching to EcoNuts for laundry and organic wool balls for the dryer can be super helpful for avoiding toxins and decreasing overall inflammation in your body.
In addition to a healthy diet and avoiding toxins as much as possible, managing stress is a huge deal as well. Stress can play a dramatic role in inflammation, and there are a few ways to decrease it. Our favorite is to meditate daily. Meditation does not need to be formal or woo-woo, as it only needs to be a time when you sit or lie down by yourself and quiet your mind. We love apps like Calm and Insight Timer to help us meditate and stay on track by managing our stress.
Hygiene for Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Allergies
Eyelid hygiene is very important for the natural treatment of dry eye disease. Everyone has a natural amount of bacteria that lives on their eyelids and lashes, and when this becomes overpopulated or disrupted, blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and dry eye disease can occur. By keeping that bacteria in check, without disrupting the healthy bacteria, you can find relief.
We recommend using a tea tree oil based soap for washing the face, because tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and may help prevent conditions such as rosacea, acne, and eczema. Tea tree oil is also great for fighting demodex eyelash mites, which can be huge contributors to dry eye.
Next, hypochlorous acid is recommended because it’s a natural substance made by your body to fight microorganisms. It helps control the bacteria without disrupting the good bacteria your eyelids need, and it can help soothe dry, irritated eyes.
If you’re struggling with allergies, we often recommend Alaway for our patients who really need it to calm the itch. This eye drop does contain preservatives, but used as directed it can really help those with intense itching during allergy season. D-Hist by Ortho Molecular is a supplement that can be taken for allergies as well, and it works well in those who suffer from this condition.
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