2. Quit Smoking! Smoking not only increases your risk of cancer and early death, but it can also make your eyes miserable because smoke is a known eye irritant. Smokers are twice as likely to have dry eye! Also, the chemicals can increase your risk for a myriad of other eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.
3. Switch to a healthy diet and increase Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Diet can play a huge role in either fighting inflammation or contributing to it, and inflammation is a known dry eye issue. Increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods such as wild-caught salmon (or take an Omega-3 Supplement), snack on carrots, sweet potatoes, and oranges. Add almonds and sunflower seeds to your daily eating routine. Replace one meal with a green smoothie! These antioxidant-rich foods can slow down a lot of the oxidative stress caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Cutting out as much refined sugar as possible can make it easier to detox and help reduce dry eye, and following the recommendations above means you’ll have less room for the bad stuff.
4. Use a warm compress. Think of it like a spa day, and you'll be more likely to fit this into your daily routine! Simply heat an eye mask in the microwave and lie it over your closed eyes for 10-15 minutes. This allows the heat to unclog the glands in your eyelids, ensuring that your dry eyes are receiving the moisture they need. Try to do this once in the morning and once in the evening.
5. Keep your eyelids clean. If you didn't already know, we all have little mites that live in our eyelash follicles, called Demodex. These little buggers can wreak havoc on your eyelids and lead to extreme dry eye. A hypochlorous acid solution is the way to go because it is completely non-irritating and kills all of the bacteria that Demodex feed on, therefore killing the mites.
Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler say that less can often be more.
Their Heyedrate line brings dry eye treatment back to the basics.
“The whole idea of less is more, that dry eye sufferers shouldn’t be slaves to multiple eye drops that barely give relief, is what I really believe in,” said Dr. Jenna Zigler, an optometrist who also suffers from dry eye. She has made positive changes to her diet, increased her water intake, and added a few of the natural remedies above.