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Are you experiencing an itchy or burning sensation in your eyes? Have your eyes turned red? Well, you may be suffering from dry eyes. But you are not the only one suffering from this opthalmological condition. a new study published in The Ocular Surface, a peer-reviewed international medical journal, suggested that around 2030, nearly half of India s urban population will be affected by dry eye disease. It may be a bigger health concern than lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart attack. The study further pointed out that men in their 20s and 30s and women in their 40s and 50s are vulnerable to it. According to Dr Sayan Basu who carried out the study along with Dr Anthony Vipin Das, dry eye disease will not only take a toll on the patients' vision, but also disturb their quality of life, causing anxiety and depression. However, if detected early and treated thoroughly, these patients can lead a normal life.
Dry eye disease, also known as dry eye syndrome, is caused by insufficient lubrication on the surface of your eyes. The symptoms include sore eyes, itching, aching and burning sensation in your eyes, accompanied by heaviness and fatigue. You may also experience blurred vision. Here are some natural remedies to manage the condition.
Load up on vitamins and other nutrients
You may experience dry eyes owing to vitamin deficiency too. Various studies have suggested that the deficiency of vitamins D, B12, and A are related to the development of this condition. Thus, it is vital to eat foods which are loaded with vitamins. Opt for egg yolks, orange juice, cereals, orange juice, carrots, spinach and broccoli, which are jam-packed with vitamin D and A. Include foods in your diet that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like sardines, salmon, mackerel, soybeans, and chia seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids can help improve the production of the lubricating layer of your eyes. So, speak to your expert about the foods which you should add to your daily diet.
A warm compress can be helpful
To help you ease your eye irritation, wet a clean washcloth with warm water and place it over your closed eye for some time. The moist heat can helps loosen up the clogged oils in the glands. Wet the cloth often, so that it stays warm. Moreover, it will also reduce the inflammation due to which you will feel better.
Do you know that every part of your body needs water to stay healthy, along with your eyes? Hence, drinking water helps keep them moist. You can also go for water-rich foods like cucumbers and watermelon.
Dairy products including yoghurt can help you deal with dry eyes. Yoghurt is loaded with vitamin B and D and reportedly can be beneficial to help you get rid of dry eyes.
Rest your eyes
Watching TV and using the computer frequently can dry out your eyes, so it s vital to take breaks so that your eyes can regain some of their moisture.
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