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Holistic Approaches to Treating Dry Eyes

Dry EyeIf you’ve ever experienced dry eyes, then you’re familiar with the discomfort it can cause. The red, irritated, or itchy eyes. The feeling that tiny pieces of sand are stuck in your eyes. Symptoms like these can prevent you from living life to the fullest. 

Fortunately, there are a lot of treatments that can help alleviate dry eye symptoms, including holistic remedies. Lakeville Family Eye Care in Lakeville has compiled a list: 

#1 Address Any Underlying Health Conditions

A holistic approach to treating dry eyes includes addressing underlying health conditions that may be contributing to the problem.

For example, sometimes certain autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren's syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis, result in dry eye syndrome. Treating the underlying condition can help to alleviate uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. 

Certain medications can also trigger dry eye symptoms. In this case, changing the medication or addressing the symptoms can be of great help. 

#2 Make Lifestyle Adjustments

Another holistic approach to treating dry eyes is embracing any behaviors that minimize dry eyes. For example, exposure to excessive screen time, air pollution and cigarette smoke can irritate the eyes and contribute to dryness.

Limiting screen time (and blinking more), and avoiding smoke and airborne irritants can help prevent dryness. 

#3 Fix Any Nutritional Deficiencies

You truly are what you eat. 

If you’re deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, you may experience dry eye symptoms. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish oil, flaxseeds, and walnuts.

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and taking a daily omega-3 supplement can help with improving your overall eye health and alleviate dry eye symptoms.

Remember to speak to your physician before adding supplements or foods to your diet. 

Holistic Dry Eye Treatments in Lakeville

Holistic remedies used alongside dry eye treatments prescribed by your eye doctor can keep your eyes more hydrated and comfortable. At Lakeville Family Eye Care in Lakeville, we diagnose and treat dry eyes by addressing the underlying cause of your condition.

Our practice serves patients from Lakeville, MN Prior Lake, Northfield, and Farmington, Minnesota and surrounding communities.

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