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So in this video we’re gonna be covering some of my favorite dry eye remedies that don’t require any prescription medications or Eyedrops, so let’s take a look Hey, what’s up everybody, this is dr. Joseph Allen from dr. Eye health. Thank you for joining us and in this channel You’re gonna find different educational videos all about the eyes vision as well as vision product reviews just like this one simply new here because I hit that subscribe button down below and ring the Bell so that you don’t miss any of our future videos also If you check out the show notes and the links in the description below You’ll find additional information About anything that we mentioned here as well as some time stamps so that you can jump around and review your favorite parts in today’s Video. Also I want to give a disclaimer that this video is not sponsored in any way I have no financial interests in any of the companies that make the products that I’m reviewing here in this video However, if you check out the show notes below and you click on any of those links I may receive the Commission and that’s gonna help support this channel and make videos like this possible. So thank you for your support Now dry eyes is a very complicated topic and there’s no way that we’re going to be able to cover all of dry eyes in Just one quick video However treatments for dry eye can be very expensive whether you’re using a prescription medication That goes can cost four to five hundred dollars a month And then there’s some in office treatments that can cost anywhere from one hundred to two thousand dollars for a single treatment And that doesn’t even include any of the office visits just to see the doctor So a lot of people are coming to me asking Hey Is there a way I can Naturally kind of curb my symptoms whether that’s with a lifestyle change or is there a product I can use? That’ll help improve my dry eye symptoms? Let’s go over my four favorite ways to help with dry eye So my first tip is to simply drink more water, and I know that sounds almost too simple But the reality is that we just tend not to drink enough as humans We kind of confuse our feelings for hunger and thirst. So a lot of times you’ll be snacking thinking Oh, I’m really hungry But the reality is you might just be really thirsty Maybe grabbing an extra glass or two a water is actually gonna help not only your appetite but it’s gonna help your symptoms of dry eyes Additionally, we always have to be drink some sort of diuretic whether it be coffee tea or soda drinks These all tend to pull water out of our systems and that can help increase your symptoms of dry eyes and Then on top of that we all tend to be taking some type of medication whether that be for high blood pressure Or if you’re taking an oral antihistamine for allergies, these are notorious medications for causing dry eyes So perhaps just drinking an extra glass or two a water throughout the day will help you with your dry eyes Now tip number two is to blink more often. I know that sounds really simple as well But the reality is a lot of our lifestyles that we’re living include digital devices so we’re all just about on our phone all day or on some sort of a laptop screen or a computer screen and When we’re in front of these devices we tend to be so focused We don’t blink as much and so on average when we’re walking around we blink about 20 times a minute But when we’re focused on something like your phone or even a book our blink rate drops to about four and a half to five Times a minute that’s a huge reduction in blink rate and so when our eyes that you left open and exposed to air longer the Tears will evaporate a lot faster and that’s gonna cause those dry eye symptoms So just by doing some blinking exercises throughout the day by either closing your eyes completely one two And then maybe on the third time holding your eyelids shut That will help encourage you to not only blink more often, but then that’s gonna help Encourage you to completely close your eye and that’s gonna help coat your entire ocular surface in new tears And the reality is a lot of us just don’t completely blink I myself I am an incomplete blinker and if you look closely enough throughout any of my videos You’ll notice that I don’t completely close my eye while I am blinking. I only close at about 70% And that leaves this perfect dry area on the lower 1/3 of my cornea So during my exams my doctor will even say hey you have these dry spots on your cornea And that’s a significant sign of dry eye disease so again just blinking more often can often help and my third tip is to consider doing warm compresses with a Bruderr eye mask and Warm compresses work because that helps with evaporative forms and dry eye the evaporative form of dry eye Often comes because we have issues with our oil glands and our oil glands called meibomian glands Are these little vertical glands that run on both top and bottom portions of our eyelids. And if you fold down your lower eyelid You might be able to see them these oil glands produce a very thin layer of oil that sits on top of your tears and prevents them from evaporating so if these oil glands start to break down or become clogged up whether that’s through aging changes genetic factors or inflammation, then the oils can no longer run smoothly under the surface of the eye and our tears just evaporate within a matter of seconds, so by doing a warm compress you can melt those oils and Get it to start to run more smoothly onto the surface of the eye and if you check out my oil Glands on one side that the oil glands look great But if you look on the other side I actually have one of my glands blocked up right now and I can actually show you this picture here from the clinic Where you can see more distinctly that blocked up gland and that means that I’m going to be doing these warm compresses tonight for sure now one of the major pitfalls that people tend to fall into is that they try to use a warm washcloth and Warm washcloth doesn’t work in this scenario. The washcloth will end up cooling off in just a matter of seconds And that doesn’t do anything for you Really you need heat supplied to the oil glands for at least around 10 minutes at a time and That’s going to give you the desired effect that you need and this is where the brooder eye mask comes in because they designed it So that you can put it in a microwave Heat it up for 20 seconds And it holds the perfect amount of heat to your eyelids and it holds it for over 10 minutes at a time So really one of the best things you can do is after you heat it up You close your eyes you put it on you can strap it to the back of your head and You can just relax you can sit there and it’s almost like a spa treatment I personally like to meditate with the brooder mask on and while I’m doing that I’m basically chop treat my own dry eyes and what I really love about the brooder brand is that they’re both reusable and washable That means that you can use it three four or five times a day if you wish and if it ever gets dirty whether it’s from your oils from your skin getting on to the back of it or maybe makeup you can just hand wash it let It dry and then keep using it. I think that’s a really awesome value I think that makes doing warm compress is one of the best natural Dry eye treatments that doesn’t require any prescription only caution I would give is that if you heat it up too much and if you read the instructions It says don’t overheat it more than thirty seconds in the microwave Because if you heat it up too much, you could potentially burn your skin. Remember the eyelids are very thin So be careful about them now tip number four is to consider taking a high quality Omega-3 supplement and although there are many different Nutrients out on the market that may benefit dry eyes and omega-3 certainly get the most attention and that’s because of its strong Anti-inflammatory effects, the main three components of omega-3s are ALA, EPA and DHA Ala you get from mainly eating vegetables different nuts and seeds and then EPA and DHA you get from eating oily Fish as a main source Ala the vegetable source can convert into EPA and DHA, but it’s a very low efficiency It’s around like a 1% efficiency and just isn’t enough to get a clinical benefit and then EPA and DHA When those two chemicals those assets come in contact with what’s called cyclooxygenase an enzyme it creates prostaglandin 3 Prostaglandin 3 again, is that really potent anti-inflammatory. And that has been proven to be effective in treating both Different types of arthritis as well as preventing Alzheimer’s disease now, I personally use the PRN brand of Omega 3 supplements I find that there are a very high quality brand. They actually have a very high percentage of Omega-3 versus the fish oil content of their capsules. I don’t get any sort of fishy taste when I eat them I don’t get any burping and they even include vitamin D in their formulation So I don’t need to take any additional supplements for vitamin D now an extra pro tip is that when you’re taking omega-3 whether it’s the and brand or maybe an off-brand or anything make sure it says triglyceride form Triglyceride form is going to be way superior than the ethyl ester form of omega-3s our bodies Just don’t absorb ethyl esters as well as triglycerides So you will actually get better absorption and you’ll actually be getting a better bang for your buck So to speak now because you don’t absorb ethyl esters as well. You actually end up having to take almost 2 to 3 times more Servings of those Omega threes to equal just the single serving of a high-quality Omega 3 like PRN and although you don’t need a prescription to take omega 3 supplements or any other Multivitamin here in the United States because it’s not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration You should consider consulting with your physician whether it’s really good for you or not If you’re a pregnant or nursing or maybe you’re allergic to these supplements, it could have negative effects And I think it’s best for you to consult with your doctor before taking any supplement. All right Those are my four favorite ways to soothe dry eyes naturally Hopefully you can use this video as an educational tool to help with your dry-eyed journey so question of the day What are some of the tricks that you’re using to help manage your dry eye symptoms? Naturally without using medications go ahead and comment in the section below To let myself and all the other members of the doctor eye health community know exactly what you’re doing. What’s working? Alright, that’s the video. Thanks so much for watching. If you haven’t done so already hit that like and subscribe button down below Otherwise if you’d like to catch other cool videos from dr I help I’ll hook you up with another one up over here and another one down over here. Again, this is dr Joseph Allen from dr Eye health bringing you the very best and tips and education about the eyes and vision keep an eye on it I’ll talk to you soon

100 thoughts on “Dry Eyes Natural Remedies – Dry Eye Home Remedy

  1. Would you suggest using one of those electric eye masks that have heating settings ? I’m kind of doubtful about putting an electric device close to the eyes but maybe I’m overly concerned 😂 I don’t have a microwave at home so it would be handy

  2. Great video. Nice delivery. Had me closing eyes and drinking when watching video.
    Also looking into the Bruder Moist Heat mask.

  3. EPA and DHA are made mostly by marine algae and are bioaccumulated by the fish that eat the algae. Given the extreme overfishing that is rapidly denuding the oceans, it is much more environmentally responsible to simply take the algae oil directly and skip the middle fish. Plus their are health advantages since the algae is grown in a controlled environment free from the high levels of mercury, other heavy metals, and persistent organic toxins like dioxins. And of course algae oil is much nicer to the fish who don’t have to suffer and die for our dry eyes.

    Oh, and the best source of ALA is flax seeds with chia seeds being second. Always eat flax seeds in ground form, otherwise they simply pass through without being digested. I just put them on my oatmeal or in my breakfast smoothie. Chia seeds whisked into soy or almond milk until the mix begins to thicken (about 3 minutes) and then allowed to sit overnight in the refrigerator makes a very nice breakfast pudding. Topped with fruit and maybe a little maple syrup makes a nice breakfast or healthy dessert.

    Animal foods including dairy , maybe especially dairy, tend to be highly inflammatory, so minimizing or eliminating these foods could be very helpful. Refined plant foods (refined grains, refined sugar, liquid vegetables oils of all kinds including olive oil) are also inflammatory, it somewhat less so. Thus a focus on whole plant foods will reduce systemic inflammation. This will aid not just the eyes but also vascular inflammation which is the root cause of many of our most deadly diseases like heat disease.

  4. I am totally fed up with my eyes watering 24/7!!!!!!!! 😭 I’ve tried hundreds of prescriptions & over the counter eye drops! Used baby shampoo (Johnson’s) & warm rags but still no improvement. Even had the plugs put in & I can’t tell a difference! 😟 It gets so frustrating & by the afternoon, I have no foundation on under my eyes, not too mention all the wrinkles I’m getting from constantly wiping them!!!!!!

  5. I drink a ton of water I don’t drink caffeine and I don’t take any meds but I’ll try some of the other stuff

  6. I spray water into my eyes because I read that evaporative dry eye leaves you with hypertonic (extra salty) tears. It's very refreshing and works better than any eye drops I've tried. I use a fine mist sprayer, only use distilled water or water that's been boiled & cooled. I change the water in the bottle daily or more often. I also wash my face and eyelids 2x a day, and then massage moist lids with a drop of castor oil to express/prevent blockage in meibomian glands/ducts. I also sleep with an eye mask to keep lids closed and reduce evaporative drying. The mask also has heat feature, which I use for 30 minutes only. Lastly, I use fish oil supplements + Vit A + Vit E. My eyes are almost normal now!

  7. Hi! I have really dry eyes that I cant find a suitable type of contact lens without feeling uncomfortable. Is it advisable if i undergo lasik surgery?

  8. hi , i am 61 years old , my eye doctor recommended cataract for my right eye. but during tests he tried some lenses which i could see very good with it . asking why i can't just go with those lenses and do no surgery?

  9. So, I know how horrible this is, but I've been addicted to energy drinks for years now! It's actually so bad that for the past about 3 or probably 4 years, I drink about 4 or 5, 16oz cans a day! I wake up and start drinking them right away, until bed time! Bc of this, I do suffer with dry eyes, abs also dry mouth! I want to get away from this, and while it's easy for someone that doesn't to say, "duh, that's horrible, so just stop", it's really not that easy!! I was a big coffee drinker for years, so I used to think, what's the difference?! Some energy drinks have more caffeine than others, and although I know it's still bad, the ones I drink, original NOS, have a total of 160mg in the entire can. One cup (8oz) of coffee has about 95mg of caffeine, which is more than the energy drinks I consume. While, of course, caffeine is addicting, I also LOOOVE the taste of these drinks, like too much! I tried to find even juices to compare, but nothing does!! I swear they put something in these drinks other than caffeine to get ppl addicted lol…. but seriously!! Also, I've never been the type to have much energy, so that's what has been the main reason that I started drinking these! I'm not afraid to admit my lack of willl power to exercise or get my rear moving either! I honestly would love to get away from these drinks, and be a more healthy person! And lately, I've been trying to consume more water bc I realize the affects from years of these darn devilish drinks!! Im not afraid of criticism, bc I clearly know the consequence! I just would love any advice anyone could give please?!!!!

  10. Do you recommend "computer glasses" for those of us whose job revolved around using the computer? Some days it feels like I really can't get away from screens

  11. Why are all the doctors on YouTube so energetic, competent and smart . Also visually pleasing. The reality, at least in germany, ismost Eye docs are desinterested in their patients, don't give you much time to explain your issues. Average I got 2 mins…

  12. good video great delivery however for me I wont be doing ANY of these things, a lot of people wont either (but a lot will) I don't even blink 4 times a minute I reckon I blink 1 time in 2 to 3 minutes any more than that is severely impacting my life and causing me frustration to be forced into blinking when I do not actually have to. You are right about the digital age and those people that spend a minimum of 16 hours minimum on a computer they will always be focusing so blink rate will never exceed what are asking them because it is easier just to sit there as a life comfort, Thus they wont want their contact lenses to fog up or dry out as it is called for a minimum of at least 4 hours and expect them to be ultra comfortable as if there are actually in your eye at all to me that is a lower than sub par request out of any contact lens. Standards should be Dailies in 8 hours before fog up and exceed expectation should be 12 hours before fog up regardless of any human beings eye condition.

  13. Wear eyeglasses with a high base curve (6 or higher). This used to lead to poor visual performance but now with the "digital free-form" lenses, this is no longer an issue.

  14. I’m 23 and I’ve been experiencing dry eyes from daily use of contacts. It’s so bad that I get eye fatigue & end up taking them out around 5 pm if I can. Ive mentioned my concerns to a doctor before (or maybe it was the contact specialist) and they just told me to limit my wear of contacts but wearing glasses everyday annoys me too much. I really want to get lasik though I know from research i have to handle my dry eyes

  15. Doctor it's me Rajiv chetri from India and I am 20 years old only am extremely suffering by dry eye since 1 year I have been using medicine from a year but my problem is increasing day by day and now doctor is saying that your problem is normal but I don't have normal problem recently doctor tried with contact lense but am not feeling well with contact lenses I have 5 and 6 problem s in eye extremely light sensitivity, constantly macus comes, vision low, burning,24 hours pain, low and upper eye lids block to eye while see,focus to something it's automatically disappeared, can't see straight easily cause neck pain and headache these all problems am facing currently and doctor said to me this is your life time problem…now what should I do doctor please I need your big help?

  16. Thank you so much Doc for your Eye Health Education Program that helps people how to protect their eyes. The Lord bless your kind spirit in reaching out people through this mission.

  17. Do you take 4 of the omega 3 dry eye daily? That is very expensive for a bottle that will only last a month. Just curious.

  18. Thank U For Sharing
    I Experience Dry Eye
    Every Day Also Excessive
    Eye Twitching..What Can
    I Do About The Eye Twitching.
    It Scares Me. And I'm Also
    Afraid Of Eye Drops

  19. I have really dry eyes especially the right eye and I was told to use tears 8 times a day. My main symptom is hard to explain basically I have this thing that moves in circles and it flickers. I see it more when I'm in darker settings and it becomes less obvious during bright sun light. It's mostly on far right side of the right eye. Today when I visited the doctor his nurse put some sort of drop in to check the eye pressure and after that drop this symptom totally disappeared for 3 hours. I am guessing she using a numbing drop

    I have been trying to see if it's a symptom of dry eyes my doctor says it is and he said I have a swollen cornea

    My question is is what I am saying making any sense

  20. Thanks for the video. I would like to know if there is any good quality omega-3 supplement that i can take which is free of animal product. I am vegetarian.

  21. Hello, I was wondering how long does dry eye last, I've been experiencing symptoms of it for the last couple of weeks and I'm not sure what to do.And if it's permanent does it get worse overtime/years?

  22. How about putting Manuka honey on the eyelids to treat dry eyes? There was a gentleman in England who did it for two weeks and claimed he was cured? What are your thoughts on that ?

  23. I am in my seventies and I have had floaters for 19 yrs.Then 4 yrs I got another issue I flhot white circles on each side of each eye which I was told is another type of floater Thrn on top of all this I have cateracts for 10 yrs.How do I have cateract surgery with these 2 different types of floaters?

  24. Iam new to this chat . I hope you can answer my questions as my drs do not tell me too much as good as they are.I am having alit if anxiety over it all!

  25. Please, try this first if you eye(s) feel dry:
    Take an ear cotton bud (which you clean your ears with normally). Make it wet in the sink. Press out the excessive water.
    Now rub the wet part over your lower eyelid.

    It works for me most of the time while having an dry eye. I saw this in another video. They explained we have multiple tear dots which can get clogged, and this is the way to open them. I am not sure this is true, but my experience is positive. Try this and only give me a thumbs up if this worked for you too, so more can be helped with this.

  26. Does prolonged computer reading for years affect the oil ducts or does air conditioning does that too,?
    What is the reason for waking up with burning eyes ?

  27. Doc, what is your opinion of avenova? I have dry eye caused by blepharitis and associated bacteria, toxins, etc. I used the ocusoft lid scrubs but they irritate my eyes. I found Avenoa while searching blepharitis on the internet. Have you ever had cause to use eyelid scrubs to rid the eyelids of debris, bacteria overgrowth, etc? I was also put on anti biotic ointments for several weeks but didn't seem to do much good. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  28. Hello, ive been experiencing dry eye symptoms for the past month, i was wondering if this could be seasonal allergies or dry eye syndrome, Thanks.

  29. You've helped me more than all of my doctors combined! Definitely an oil gland problem, thank you!

  30. Hello, I would like to say that the brurer compress doesn’t work well for me. I have such a severe issues with my eyes from dry eyes to ducks always clogging. The compress actually drys mine out worse. I use a wash rag wet and warm it in the microwave for 5 seconds put it in my eyes for 60. I do this for 5-10 minutes. Is there any other compresses that are out there like the wash rag way. The wetness of the rag with the warmth seems to help me.

  31. Hello sir… I have dry eye My doctor told to me avoid air conditioner that is evaporate your tears… But i cant sleep air conditioner diz summer… Plz tell me ur suggestion sir…

  32. I was searching videos for dry eye this morning. I have it pretty bad. Today my eyes were dry and coincidentally I just happened to drink a large glass of water and within 5 minutes my eyes were MUCH less dry. I thought, hmm, that's interesting. Then I started watching your video. The first thing you suggest is DRINK MORE WATER! Pretty funny. I'm going to keep checking this water (or lack of it) theory. I think you're (we're) on to something. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Hello:)

    I’ve heard a small drop of castor oil in eyes help. Is this true? I thought putting oil in my eye would be damaging!

  34. I have a question concerning the symptoms of dry eyes: can it increase eye fatigue? I feel this dryness, burning in my eyes for the past week, and I started also having problems when trying the focus when reading of fixing intensively something: like my left eye will have problem holding focus after a while. I am breastfeeding so I have been advised not to have my eyes checked for new glasses right now. But can the dryness gives eye fatigue?

  35. When i look any white text on black background i see the text slight streching down like a ghost vision .

  36. I like that you specified not to take supplements without consulting a physician, many people waste their money on pills they don't need at all and that sometimes don't even contain any nutrients worth the money

  37. I take omega 3s which have natural tryglicerides and drink plenty of water, I bought eye drops but i'm gonna try blinking more as well

  38. Really ❤️❤️❤️ what you have shared with us!! I always share you videos to my friends to help them understand more about eye health!! Hope you also make a video that have list for non-theraputic medications/pills that helps better eye health!!

  39. Sir, I am suffering eye dryness since five years, eye face lot of strain working on computer. Please suggest solution so i can work 8 hours on computer

  40. It's all the modern technology tablets computers phones that are causing eye problems we use them to much ,my eyes were good until I went to these things ,they are dangerous for health also ,they give you dry eyes and other problems with eyes

  41. My left eye is a little bit small to my right eye when i am mistaken i give herbal remedies nail medicine drop on my left eye i felt it because i had wasn't seen the eye drop its really my bad😭😭😭😭😭😭have any medicine for me to fix my eye👁️size👁️..?

  42. It seems my eye lashes are getting shortened after using this… could you please let us know the right temperature for using the same

  43. Oh I thought I had cancer but I guess that its just watching youtube on my 10 inch tablet 4 inches from my face 17 hours a day. Just gonna have to deal with it.

  44. Can dry eye actually cause you to tear excessively? My left eye waters a lot, at my last exam I mentioned it to my doc and she said she noticed some spots that looked dry and recommended some blink drops. They really didn’t help.

  45. I did ice pack work for for 20min for mime or so then boom back to this birning feeling sandy itchy disturbing

  46. I recommend people to try Ayurvedic Products. I had an irritating cataract disease in my eyes for 8 months and assumed it was allergy. I had tried opticians drops, but none did the trick. I then tried Bilberry Capsules, Amla Saar and Amalaki Rasayan Capsules manufactured by Planet Ayurveda. They did prove a big improvement in a few months. After a three months the difference was really unbelievable. I actually believe that it is gone permanently. I definitely recommend people to try it.

  47. Hello Doctor, my doctor recommended Tear nature and polidemisin to cure dry eye. In fact, I do have eye floaters as well. I fear taking polidemisin (Benzalkonium chloride as preservative) and i decided not to take it without consulting my doctor. So, is it harmless or ineffective to use only Tear drops ?

  48. Hey, I’m seeing halos with my right contact lens at nighttime outside on street lights, traffic lights, and upcoming car headlights, but not seeing any halos at all wearing my glasses or normal vision. I thought you may be able to help me.

  49. Aloe, Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper grains, Distilled water> MIX THOROGHLY >1-drop per eye.

    Results: Stingy burn for about 45 to 90 Seconds than clarity appears!

  50. Fantastic. I have been taking antihistamines and thinking what the hell is wrong with my eyes and why I blink so much. Thanks for indicating this.

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