Dry Eyes can be an exceedingly difficult condition to live with day in and day out. The constant feeling of dry, itchy, red eyes can cause a great deal of discomfort, and effective treatment is sometimes difficult to come by. In our last blog article, Dr. Min outlined a number of highly effective in-office treatments that can go a long way in helping relieve dry eye symptoms. In this entry, we will outline steps you can take to live a lifestyle and maintain a diet that will reduce your dry eye symptoms.
Dr. Min comments on Lifestyle and Diet, “Like so many other things having to do with your overall health, lifestyle and diet can have a noticeable impact on reducing Dry Eye symptoms. Regular exercise, proper sleep and drinking plenty of water are all important parts of replenishing your tears and keeping your eyes comfortably hydrated.”
Just 20 minutes each day dedicated to exercise has been proven to decrease inflammation throughout the body, including the eyes, by releasing endorphins into the blood stream, which has been proven to do a great deal of good for the eye's surface and noticeably reduce Dry Eye symptoms.
Getting proper sleep can do a great deal to reduce Dry Eye symptoms, since a deep sleep helps to replenish the tear film for the next day.
Eye doctors recommend drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day. Water is needed by all the body's organs, so a shortage of water may hydrate some parts of the body, while leaving your eyes high and dry.
It is also important to make sure that your diet is rich in Omega fatty acids, which can be found in fish such as salmon or tuna, as well as in flaxseed oil and walnuts, as well as other sources. This also helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, which is good for the eyes.
Although many treatments and helpful lifestyle recommendations are out there for alleviating Dry Eyes, it is important to consult your trusted eye doctor to decide which treatments and recommendations will help you find comfort with your specific form of Dry Eyes. For more information, contact Dr. Min today.