What is Dry Eyes?
You may experience dry eye syndrome if your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or if you’re not able to maintain a layer of tears to coat your eyes. Although having dry eyes can be very uncomfortable, you’ll be glad to hear that dry eye syndrome rarely causes permanent vision damage. Read on to find out more about dry eyes and how Chinese Medicine can help you treat them.
Dry Eyes Symptoms
If you suffer from dry eyes, you may also experience other symptoms, including:
- Red eyes
- A burning sensation in your eyes
- Painful eyes
- Blurry vision
- Getting tired eyes
- A heavy feeling in your eyes
Causes of Dry Eyes
Your tears are made from three main ingredients: oil, water, and mucus. These are produced by glands near your eyes. If there is a problem with these glands, they may not be able to produce enough oil, water, or mucus. Any of these factors can lead to dry eyes. Other causes of dry eye syndrome include:
- Exposure to wind or dry air
- Not blinking enough
- Some medications, like antihistamines, birth control pills, and nasal decongestants
- Eye surgery
- Contact lenses
Treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can be treated relatively easily in most cases. Your eye specialist or doctor may recommend different treatment options for you, depending on your preference and the severity of your condition. Using artificial tears or eye drops are two of the most common treatments for dry eyes.
To start with, why not try some easy lifestyle adjustments to help prevent getting dry eyes? Limiting your exposure to dry air by using a humidifier or reducing time in an air-conditioned room or in front of a heater can help. You could also try reducing screen time, avoiding cigarette smoke, and wearing proactive eye wear in windy situations.
If you wear contact lenses, try using the soft ones rather than the hard ones. The soft variety tend to stay moist more effectively than the harder contact lenses. If possible, try not to wear your contacts for long periods of time.
Other treatments for dry eye syndrome include medications, and in some cases surgery. Cyclosporine (Restasis) is a common medication for dry eyes. This anti-inflammatory medication helps to increase your tear production. Lacrimal plugs are another option, which can be reversible or permanent (in the case of surgery). These plugs block the drainage holes in your eyes, helping to keep your eyes hydrated.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Having dry eyes can be annoying and can really make your life difficult. To treat dry eyes naturally, come along to our Chinese Medicine clinic, Centre of Balance! Chinese Medicine is a great treatment option for dry eyes, as it addresses the underlying health problem that is causing your symptoms. This means that it’s a long-term, holistic treatment option. Another benefit of using Chinese Medicine to treat dry eye syndrome is that Chinese Medicine rarely presents the risk of side effects.
Acupuncture is an important technique in Chinese Medicine. During your acupuncture session, your Chinese Medicine practitioner inserts very thin needles into specific points on your body. A qualified acupuncturist can use this technique to balance out the flow of energy through your body, mitigating any blockages which can affect your eye health. Researchers have found that acupuncture can help to heal dry eye syndrome, as shown in the following quote:
“This suggests a true treatment effect of acupuncture rather than a placebo effect. Acupuncture can, therefore, be an effective adjunct to routine clinical treatment of dry eye.”
Overall, dry eye syndrome can occur when your eyes cannot maintain a proper layer of tears. This may be due to many different reasons, including eye problems that affect tear production, and external factors such as contact lenses or exposure to dry environments. You can easily treat dry eyes most of the time, through strategies like using eye drops, avoiding dry air, and limiting the amount of time you spend wearing contact lenses or looking at screens. However, if you’d like a holistic, effective treatment for dry eyes, come down to Centre of Balance! Our friendly team of professionals will soon have your eyes looking healthy again.
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For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you, please see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/.
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