Keeping Your Eyes Moist

Why eyes get dry   Diet & nutrition   Lifestyle tips

Eye comfort depends largely upon sufficient moisture in the eye. In addition to the comfort quality of having eyes that are not dry and itchy, moisture on the surfaces of the eye protects it in a number of ways. On the surface of the cornea these layers are generally considered to be the "tear film", the moisture laden surface of the eye. The stability of that moist film depends upon the correct functioning of three interconnected layers.

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Women's Tear Stimulation Dry Eye Homeopathic Eyedrops

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Homeopathic dry eye formula for women - lubricant that also helps with natural tear production.
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Tear Stimulation Forte Homeopathic EyedropsTear Stimulation Forte Homeopathic Eyedrops
Dry eye drop for men and the general population who experience dry eye syndrome
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BioTears Gel CapsBioTears Gel Caps
Oral gel caps - helpful for chronic or severe dry eye syndrome.
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Drops for dry eyes
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Easily absorbable form of Vitamin D.
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Pleo-MUC (Mucokehl) eye drops 5X (10 Single Vials)Pleo-MUC (Mucokehl) eye drops 5X (10 Single Vials)
Natural homeopathic eyedrops to support circulation and decongestion in the eyes.
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Supports Immune System and Reduces Dry Eye Symptoms
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VisionTone (wild crafted herbal formula) 2 oz.

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Krill Oil, 1000mg 60 softgels

Tranquileyes Basic TE Blue Kit

Tranquileyes Basic TE Blue Kit Combo2

Why Your Eyes Get Dry

The tear film that keeps your eye moist is salty. As too much of the tear film evaporates the saltiness increases which makes your eyes burn and sting - a common symptom of dry eye syndrome.

How to Keep Your Eyes Moist Naturally

Diet & Nutrition

  • Supplement with research-proven nutrients and eyedrops that have been found to be helpful to manage dry eyes.
  • Dry Eye Homeopathic Eye Drops are very effective. We recommend the drops especially formulated for women and for men.
  • Make sure to eat lots of green leafy vegetables.
  • Avoid sugar and/or artificial sweeteners: Consumption of more than 11 teaspoons of sugar a day has been linked to dry eye syndrome (a single can of soda contains approximately 9 teaspoons of sugar). Sugar is hidden throughout processed and refined foods including cereals, ketchup, and salad dressings.
  • Avoid the toxic fats in commercial red meat, dairy products, fried foods, and man-made fats. These fats interfere with the proper metabolism of essential fatty acids in the body and are indirect causes of dry eye syndrome
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.
  • Avoid any foods to which you may be allergic. Try cutting out categories of foods for a week at a time, and see how you feel, or visit an allergist for testing. Typical allergenic foods include nightshades (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes and cucumbers), milk, wheat, and corn (or products with corn in them).
  • See our general vision care recommendations
  • See Eye Care for Seniors article.

Lifestyle for Dry Eyes

  • Use a humidifier at home and/or at work to keep the air from drying out in the winter.
  • Remember to blink, especially while working at the computer. When you work at the computer your blink rate decreases sharply. Researchers have discovered that equally important with blinking is blinking completely. Making sure that when you blink you close the eyelids completely makes a large difference in reducing the symptoms of dry eye and computer eye syndrome.
  • Check your medications for any side effects that may cause dry eyes. See some drugs that can contribute to dry eyes which include NSAIDS such as ibuprofin, synthetic penicillins, antihistamines, birth control pills, blood pressure medications, and anti-depressants.
  • Gently massage your upper and lower lids, a couple of times a day to stimulate the tear glands. Better yet, do this while in a warm shower.

Conventional Dry and Sore Eyes Treatment

Several treatments are available - from artificial tears to a surgical dry, sore eyes treatment.

  • Artificial tears are usually recommended which provide short-term relief, but only hide the symptoms without improving the condition. In fact, preservatives in such formulations can actually worsen the condition. Artificial tears that say they will "get the red out" have the effect of reduce circulation of blood in the eye, thereby decreasing production of tear film, and actually make your eyes still drier.
  • Punctal occlusion is a procedure used to close the tear drainage canals with silicone plugs keeping much of the fluid from leaving the surface of the eye. This may provide long-term relief.

Why eyes get dry   Diet & nutrition   Lifestyle tips