Irritated, sore, burning, scratchy, gritty, watery? No, not an eye infection (though these are also symptoms of infection) – just dry eyes! Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, affects up to 50 million Americans, so if your eyes feel a little like the Mojave Desert, you’re in good company. In recent years, there’s been a boom of interest in dry eye disease, and subsequently, a whole lot of new treatment options have emerged. While some of these can cost you thousands of dollars in treatment fees, for mild or temporary episodes of dry eye flare-ups, some simple home remedies might just do the trick.
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If clinical depression involves sadness, low mood, and bouts of crying, you’d think it’d be more associated with watery eyes rather than dry. However, studies have shown that depression is indeed linked with dry eye. More research is needed to fully understand exactly how these two conditions relate to each other; however, the link appears to be clear. Does dry eye cause depression or does depression cause dry eye? Or is it something else entirely?
You’re feeling a bit blurry, your vision is going in and out of focus… you think you’re getting some double vision… Do you need new glasses? Or could it be that you just had one too many glasses – of wine?
Around the world, about 117 billion gallons of alcoholic beverages are consumed each year. In the US, beer is the drink of choice, followed by spirits and wine. However, while a tipple or two at a party is generally considered socially acceptable, a number of Americans rely on having a bottle in hand for a bit more than just to look cool or to wet their lips. In 2019, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated around 14.5 million US residents were living with an alcohol addiction.
While the full effects of alcoholism are beyond the scope of this particular article, there are some interesting facts to know about the effect alcohol has on eyes.
If you are an experienced sleeper (and most of us are), you would know that a decent night’s sleep is pretty important. However, you probably also know that there are myriad things that can interrupt our sleep – it’s too cold, too hot, too noisy, too quiet, you have a small infant, you have a big infant, or you share your bed with a chronic snorer. If that list wasn’t enough, recent studies have given us yet another sleep-disrupting factor to add to it – dry eye disease.
There are a lot of things that can be done through the nose. You can breathe through your nose, sneeze through your nose, get a ring through your nose, and even pay through the nose. But did you know there’s another we can add to the list of the nose’s uses? We can also treat dry eye disease through the nose.
Honey. Sweet, sticky, golden, delicious, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial honey.
In addition to being a delicious condiment for your breakfast, it turns out that honey – manuka honey in particular – can also be quite beneficial in the treatment of dry eye disease (DED).
It may surprise you to know that your eyeballs are connected to the rest of your body. Now that you know, it shouldn’t surprise you to know that how one takes care of his or her body has the potential to affect the eyes and vision. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are beneficial for every part of the body, but in what ways can we use our knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle to improve eye health?
Dry eye disease may not sound particularly intimidating but those who have experienced severe dry eye know that it can significantly impact quality of life. Think of stubbing your pinky toe – it doesn’t sound like much and pre-stub it’s all good until you jam it into the table leg, then you realize that it’s actually really painful.
A cross-sectional study conducted in 2017 found that over 16 million Americans are projected to have dry eye disease. That’s 16 million Americans living with discomfort of the eyes and compromised vision. The prevalence of dry eye increases with age and is more common in women than men.