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Are you facing “Dry Eye Syndrome”? Here are some remedies for it:
According to the American Association of Ophthalmology, approximately 3.2 million women and 1.7 million men over the age of 50 suffer from chronic dry eyes. So, it is time to know more about it and its remedies. Experts suggest that use of lubricating ointment and fish oil supplements can help in curing the condition. The surface of eye is always covered with a thin layer of liquid known as the tear film, essential for health of eye. The chilly winds of winter season affect the eyes, causing dry eye syndrome because of cold, dry outdoor air and dry indoor heat.

     People above 50 years are at higher risk of dry eye condition. It commonly occurs among men of 50-plus age and women above 55-60. If menopause occurs at an early age, then the chances of developing dry eye syndrome during winter weather gets increased even among middle-aged women.

     It is necessary to prevent and manage dry eyes. Some of the steps that one should practice are:

·         Artificial tears, also known as tear substitutes, should be applied at least four times a day. They may be used as often as necessary – only once or twice a day, or as often as several times an hour.
·         Run a humidifier to put moisture back into the air.
·         Patients should wear sunglasses to protect eyes from cold wind and excess light.
·         If the conditions aggravates, use lubricating ointment at bedtime.
·         Lay a warm, damp wash-cloth across your eyelids for a couple minutes.
·         Keep the home environment humid, between 30-50%. During winter, a humidifier may be used to and moisture to dry indoor air. Additional humidity can be created by wearing special glasses that form a moisture chamber around the eyes.
·         Add more Omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil supplement sto our diet.
·         Eat plenty of fish and foods with vitamin A, E, C.
·         Drink extra fluids and use a hot or cold air humidifier.
·         Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.
·         Green tea and chrysanthemum tea are beneficial for eyes and prevent eyes fatigue.