If you tend to have dry eyes, or even worse, have full blown dry eye syndrome, you know very well how irritating it can be to deal with day in and day out! And the thing is… it could be due to a number of reasons such as your eyes not being able to produce enough tears OR your eyes simply producing poor quality tears. Whatever the case may be it surely feels uncomfortable.
See if you can relate to the following 5 symptoms of dry eyes that you definitely shouldn’t ignore:
1. Extreme redness
Super dry eyes commonly look red due to swollen blood vessels that give that infamous bloodshot appearance. When your eyes don’t produce enough tears to keep them comfy and lubricated, it’s their way of crying out for help.
2. Feeling like you have sand in your eyes
Often referred to as gritty eyes, those with dry eyes often complain of feeling like there is something caught in their eye. The dry spots on unlubricated eyes end up feeling as dry as the desert.
3. Sensitivity to light
Another typical issue for those with dry eyes is experiencing mild to severe sensitivity to light, which is an issue you should discuss with your physician. Sometimes it could even be painful if not dealt with.
4. Excessive tearing
Yes, it may seem ironic to mention excessive tearing; however, dry eyes tend to overcompensate in an attempt to flush out irritation. When your eye’s oil layer is insufficient, the tear layer evaporates and rapidly causes further tearing. You can’t win!
5. Occasional blurry vision
Foggy vision is a typical cue for those with dry eyes. Adding a drop of artificial tears (which you can get at your local pharmacy) to each eye may clear up your blurry vision temporarily.
So what can you do at home to relieve your dry eyes?
- Invest in an over-the-counter “natural tears” eye drop product for easy and effective lubrication.
- Place a warm washcloth onto your eyelids and leave in place for 5 minutes to soothe and remove any debris.
- Use a mild soap (such as baby shampoo) to massage onto your closed eyes focusing on the base of the eyelashes. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
- Maybe consider acupuncture which has proven to be effective for some people.
- Definitely, consult your physician for professional advice and diagnosis.