Millions of people suffer from a condition referred to as ‘dry eye syndrome.’ Creating an uncomfortable situation for those who experience it, the problem can also increase one’s chances of infections and even lead to further problems and complications with the eye. The good news is that there are things people can do to help prevent and address dry eye, helping them to stay more comfortable and avoid additional health problems.
“Typically, those in the industry tend to tell people to use eye drops or follow other conventional forms of addressing dry eye,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. “This can be problematic, though, because eye drops often come with side effects and may not be as effective as we would like them to be.”
Several factors can contribute to one getting dry eye, including aging, medications, and environmental factors. Here are 5 tips for preventing and addressing dry eye syndrome:
• Homeopathic. Speak with a homeopathic specialist in order to obtain a natural treatment plan. This will help avoid side effects associated with many of the conventional treatments used. Those needing drops to help moisten their eyes should opt for ones made from natural ingredients.
• Increase humidity. By increasing the humidity in their homes, people are able to help keep their eyes moist. Placing a bowl of water near the head of the bed will help with this.
• Take plant based omega oils instead of omega based fish oils. Many people begin taking fish oil for their dry eyes, but it can have the opposite effect. There are problems that can arise due to fish oil that has become rancid, have longer fatty acid chains, and run the risk of mercury. Plant based omega oils like borage, primrose and flax oils will give more health benefits to your eyes
• Go organic. It is important to opt for including as much organic food in the diet as possible, ideally at least 70 percent. This will help keep harmful chemicals, which can potentially damage the eyes, out of the body.
• Stay hydrated. To avoid dryness, be sure to drink plenty of water each day, ideally 8 glasses.
• Blinking. To help keep the eyes from becoming dry, try to blink often. This will help to keep the eye surface moist and prevent it from drying out. Try opening and closing your eyes in a slower motion, giving your eye more time to become moistened.
• Palming. Close your eyes and gently rest the heels of your hands on your cheekbones, covering your eyes with your palms. Imagine and visualize blackness. At the same time, feel your breathing. Breathe deeply, slowly, and evenly, through your nose. The slower you breathe, the better.
“Tears and lubrication supply oxygen to the eye, and help remove foreign substances, among other things,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “When it comes to protecting the eyes it is imperative that people be proactive and do what we know works to help prevent and protect them.”
Dr. Kondrot is the author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. He has founded the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, located just north of Tampa, Fla., which offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies known as the “Kondrot Program.” The program focuses on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, and others. His advanced programs have helped people from around the world restore their vision. The center sits on 50 acres of land and features a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the art complex, an organic ranch, jogging trails, swimming pool, hot tub, and more. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com.