According to the National Health Service, 1 in 3 people experiences dry eyes at least once during their lifetime. Dry eyes usually occur when the eyes don’t produce enough tears to stay hydrated or because the tears evaporate too quickly. This usually happens due to hormonal changes, activities, environmental changes, contact lenses, or certain medications. Thankfully there are various natural ways to treat dry eyes without resorting to any medications.

We compiled a list of natural home remedies that can help you treat dry eyes within a few days.

1. Get a humidifier.

2. Try a warm compress.

  • Wet a clean washcloth with warm water.
  • Squeeze the excess water out and place it over your eyelids for 5 minutes.
  • Gently press it over your eyelids.
  • Repeat daily for a week to reduce inflammation.

3. Drink more water.

  • It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • Don’t wait until you are thirsty to sip some water because you might already be dehydrated. Have a bottle of water by your side at all times and sip regularly.

4. Adjust your computer screen.

  • Adjust both your screen monitor and the brightness of the screen to a level that feels comfortable.
  • Take regular breaks while working. Take a 10-minute break every hour and do something that doesn’t involve staring at a screen.

5. Keep your eyes clean.

  • Fill a bowl with boiling hot water and allow it to cool down and become warm.
  • Add a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda (baking soda).
  • Dip a clean cotton pad into the solution and wipe your eyelids and eyelashes.
  • Repeat this process using a clean cotton pad each time.
  • Do this every day for a week.
6. Apply cucumber slices.

  • Get 2 fresh slices of cucumber and apply them over your eyes.
  • Keep them there for 15 minutes, until the cucumber slices start to get dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.

7. Double up on Omega-3s.

According to studies that are currently conducted in ophthalmology, they have found that there is a significant improvement in patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome and who have incorporated Omega-3s into their diets.

  • You can take supplements.
  • Or, incorporate it into your diet through foods that are rich in Omega-3s like salmon, tuna, flaxseeds, chia seeds, soybeans, canola oil, etc…

8. Try out castor oil drops.

Castor oil creates a soothing feeling for irritated eyes as well. It reduces the burning sensation, redness, and swelling that is caused by dry eyes. Due to its antibacterial properties, castor oil can also treat eye infections and prevent bacteria from entering the eye.

  • Right before bedtime, while you are lying down, apply 1-3 drops of castor oil into each eye.
  • While your eyes are closed, massage the oil into your eyes for a couple of minutes
  • Do NOT apply contact lenses for at least 12 hours after you’ve applied castor oil, this can irritate your eyes even more.
  • Repeat every night right before bed for a week.
9. Eat some grapes.

  • The recommended allowance of grapes is approximately one cup a day. Which is not much at all considering the various health benefits they offer.

10. Prepare an Ayurvedic eye treatment with Netra Tarpana.

Netra Tarpana is an Ayurvedic specialized treatment which can cure a number of eye conditions including conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, watery eyes, corneal ulcers, and inflammations. It is mainly performed by an herbalist while the patient lies down. The herbalist creates a circular form made of black dram dough and places it around the eyes and then slowly pours warm ghee inside the form and lets it sit for 15 — 20 minutes.

  • During that period of time, the patient needs to move their eyes in 4 different directions to allow the ghee to penetrate the eye socket and nourish it.

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