Dry Eyes according to eyelove.ca “does not mean that you have stopped making tears. You might not be making the right quantity or quality of tears.”
Dry Eye Syndrome include symptoms of dry eyes, itchy eyes, a feeling like fine sand or small particles in your eyes. Or you could experience burning or stinging of your eyes. Sometimes you could experience blurry vision and easily tired. Red and irritated eyes are common symptoms. You may have problems wearing contact lenses. Yes even teary and watery eyes can occur with dry eyes. See your eye Dr. if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
My research on different websites indicated that some symptoms of dry eyes can be caused by wearing contact lenses. Or from using a computer for extended periods of time. Studies have found that people when looking at a computer screen tend to stare at the screen without blinking. It is suggested you try to consciously blink when looking at a computer screen. Also, set a twenty-minute timer so you then take a break from your screen for 20 seconds to several minutes. During this break time you could do eye exercises, or at least look at objects that are a least 20 feet away from you. Looking out a window is a good way to do this.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eatright.org and All About Vision - Complete Guide To Vision and Eye Care there are certain nutrients found in whole foods which are beneficial for dry eyes. The foods found to help with dry eyes were ones high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Fatty Acids are the building blocks of fat and are needed for the normal production of cells, muscles, fats and organs.
According to the website allaboutvision.com under the section on Adult Eye Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: “ Several studies suggest Omega-3 fatty acids may help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye
The best foods which contain Omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Cold water fish particularly Salmon which also contains Vit. D
- Flax seeds or flax seed oil
- Chia Seeds
- Walnuts which also contain Vit. E
- Black currants or Black currant seed oil
- Eggs with or without omega-3 added
The eyelove.com website offers suggestions to ease your dry eye symptoms.
- Get enough sleep
- Don’t over-wear contacts
- Wear sunglasses to block the sun and wind
- Use a humidifier in your bedroom or house
- Put your phone away for a bit
- Decrease your monitor brightness
- Stay at least 25 inches away from your screen