Off-Grid Home Remedies For Dry Eyes
Off-Grid Home Remedies For Dry Eyes by: Patricia Bratianu RN PhD RH-AHG for Off the Grid News
Dry eyes can make you feel miserable. Fortunately, natural home remedies exist that can ease the itch and relieve the burning.
In order to select the best treatment for your eyes, start by determining the cause.
Causes of Dry Eyes
Dry eyes may be the result of environmental causes. If you live in a cold, dry or windy environment, your eyes may feel dry. Exposure to glaring sunlight or artificial lights can cause irritation. Sitting by an air conditioner or fan may dry your eyes out. Allergens, smoke and chemicals also are often to blame.
Dry eyes also can be a side effect of certain medications. These include pharmaceuticals which are prescribed to treat hypertension, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. Allergy medicines, drugs that suppress your immune system, and steroids such as prednisone and cortisone may cause dry eyes, too.
In some cases, a person might develop dry eyes because they do not produce enough tears to keep eyes moist.
Dry eyes are most common among menopausal and post-menopausal women. This is due to changes in hormone levels. Women who undergo sudden, early menopause due to surgical removal of the ovaries or who experience menopause induced by medications – such as chemotherapeutic agents – are prone to experiencing hormonally influenced dry eyes.
Signs of Dry Eyes
You may feel as if you have sand in your eyes. They may be itchy, red or watery. You may have no drainage at all or you may have small amounts of rope-like mucus. Your vision may be blurry at times and your eyes may feel tired.
It is important to have an eye exam if dryness and irritation arise suddenly, are accompanied by other signs of illness or if the condition lasts for more than a few days. Eye irritation can be a sign of the highly contagious bacterial conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye. Eye problems may be signs of diabetes and other serious illnesses.