If you are one of the millions of people who experience Dry Eye symptoms, then you know the constant irritation that can be a disruption to work and leisure time. Dry Eye is caused in part by blockages in the Meibomian glands in the eyelids for the majority of people with Dry Eye symptoms. While treating the glands is most likely necessary to ensure healthy gland function, there are some natural ways to contribute to better eye health with the foods you eat.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help combat Dry Eye symptoms.1 Not only are these fatty acids great for your heart, they also help reduce inflammation, meaning eye inflammation as a result of Dry Eye. Omega-3’s can be found in flaxseed, soybean oil, fatty fish (e.g. salmon) and walnuts.
Exercise Those Eyes
Most of us would never correlate exercise with our eyes, but we do need to exercise our eyes in a manner that helps with healthy gland function. When we blink, natural oils spread over the tear film that protect our eyes. Millions of us, however, have become “partial blinkers” due to increased use of digital devices. When we blink less, we produce less of the needed oils for our eyes and our glands stop functioning in many cases. If we let that go too long, the glands can become blocked and drop out. As far as we understand today, the glands do not come back once they drop out. For this reason, it is important for your doctor to check your glands at your eye exam.
So, how do we exercise our eyes? Take a few minutes each day to blink and squeeze your eyelids together for a few seconds and then release. Do this three to five times in a row and your eye exercise routine is over without even breaking a sweat. Blinking exercises can condition those glands in your eyes to work properly.
Like you have heard many times before, diet and exercise are the ultimate preventative health measures and this is no different for your eyes. It is important to do all you can to help with long-term eye health. If you have Dry Eye Symptoms, you may have MGD and treatment is available. Talk to a doctor about better eye health and the natural LipiFlow treatment that can help. With LipiFlow, your glands can be cleared and go back to doing what they were intended to do, without introducing preservatives or chemicals.
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1. Gatell-Tortajada J. Oral supplementation with a nutraceutical formulation containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in a large series of patients with dry eye symptoms: results of a prospective study. Clin Interv Aging. 2016;11:571–578.