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are there good natural cures for dry eyes? i dont want to use drugs and medicated eye drops if i can help it. ive read that flaxseed oil can help make tears more oily so they dont evaporate so fast. is this true? are there any other natural solutions?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Doan
Ophthalmology 20 years experience
Yes, : Yes, using flaxseed oil may help make tears more oily, which may help stabilize your tear film. Other things you can do is good lid hygiene which is described on our website: http://www.Eye-socal.Com/eyesocal-newsletter/160-why-do-my-eyes-burn.Html artificial tears purchased over-the-counter, are not really "medicated eye drops", and my patients find significant relief from dry eyes when used with the methods mentioned above.
Dr. David Richardson
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Although : Although taking flax seed oil by mouth can improve symptoms of dry eye, it will not have an immediate effect (and can take up to two months to be noted). In the meantime i agree that it is prudent to avoid medicated eye drops. Instead, use of a "preservative-free" artificial tear is both safe and provides immediate relief. These generally are sold over the counter and come in small plastic vials for single use.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Dry eye: Try omega-3 fatty acid supplements (preferably fish oil, not flaxseed oil), warm compresses, and adequate fluid intake to maximize hydration.

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