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How To Use Sweet Oil For Dry Eyes
Is fish oil as effective as flaxseed oil for dry eyes n blepharitis? Most doc recommend flaxseed oil. My doc said it's for ppl who don't eat fish.
Flax oil: There are not good studies on this but most ophthalmologists feel that flax oil is better for the eyes than fish or omega oils. That has been my experience with a population of patients with severe eye dryness so I recommend flax oil at about 2 tablespoons per day. ...Read more
Drops prescribed for dry eyes, but they're very expensive. I've heard of castor oil drops at night, but is there a type you should or shouldn't use?
Are there good natural cures for dry eyes? I don’t want to use drugs and medicated eye drops if I can help it. I’ve read that flaxseed oil can help make tears more oily so they don’t evaporate so fast. Is this true? Are there any other natural solutions?
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. ...Read more
I have a teen who has extreme dry eyes and us and the eye dr can't seem to find what wrong we got blood work done and started fish oil and no awnsr?
Dry eyes!: Many causes of dry eyes. Use preservative free artificial tears at least 4 times a day. Omega 3's help activate the oil glands of the eyelid to work better (triglyceride form is better than the ester form of omega 3's). Warm compresses to the closed eyes twice a day. Otherwise you need thorough exam and management by someone experienced with dry eyes. Autoimune? Se from meds? Diet related? ...Read more
Can u use castor oil in yur eye for dry eyes? Will apple cider vinegar disolve a pterygium, if not what can u do to shrink a pterygium?
No & No. DON'T DO: THIS! While castor oil is edible and can be used cautiously on the skin, it should never be put directly in the eyes. Ditto with other edible substances including apple cider vinegar. If the pterygium causes discomfort or interferes with you field of vision, contact an Ophthalmologist. I know that it can take some time to see an eye doctor (MD or DO) but don't be tempted to self treat. ...Read more
Krill oil for dry ey: Krill oil contains omega 3 fatty acids (as well as strong antioxidants). It should help dry eye syndrome, not hurt it. ...Read more
Since eye lid lift surgery 2 yrs ago I have probs with dry eye syndrome. I use Clinitas eye gel and take flaxseed oil caps. Is sea buckthorn better?
No, but: They are not mutually exclusive. Dry eye from exposure (not being able to close the lids all the way) is a common problem after an eye lid lift. The surgeon has to estimate pre-op how much tissue to remove and how far to lift. Surgeons normally take less than what seems perfect to avoid this dry eye problem. All dry eye therapies can be helpful. See eye MD that specializes in dry eye. ...Read more
We have had good response to oral omega 3/6
it takes a good 45-60 days of at least 2, 000 units
drink plenty of fluids without caffeine and alcohol
compress your eye lids with good warm compresses twice a day for 2-3 minutes.
If all this fails, then we move on to medicated drops, etc. ...Read more
Artificial tear: Regular application of artificial tear 3-4 x daily (preferably preservative-free) would be helpful. Wear sunglasses whenever outdoors especially on dry and windy days. The next step would be plugging the duct draining to the nose-> restasis-> a serum preparation from your own serum. Consult an ophthalmologist if artificial tear alone failed. ...Read more
Depends: This is a multifactorial problem. It can be internal, external, medication affected, inflammatory, infectious, ideopathic, or combinations. Try otc artificial tears first. This can be multifactorial in treatments especially with new methods coming to the marketplace. This needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to focus treatment. ...Read more
Temporary: When the eyes are dry there is a change in the tear pool over the front which can alter the vision. This is temporary and corrected with treatment of the dryness - usually with lubricating eyedrops. Only if the dryness is profound (eyes always red, irritated and painful) can the vision be affected more permanently. ...Read more
Dry eye symptoms: The most common symptomof dry eye is tearing! This confuses most patients, it is caused by the eye producing excess aqueous tears (watery component). Tears are really a 3 layer sandwich fat on top to prevent evaporation water in the middle and mucous to aid spreading on the bottom. Loss or decrease of any component causes symptoms. An eye dr can measure or analyze for this. ...Read more
Lubricate: The blurriness likely comes from disturbance of the ocular surface caused by inflammation from the dryness. If the surface of the eye is irregular so will be the image seen through it! Aim should be to identify and treat the cause, lubricate the eye with preservative free artificial tears and gel drops and possibly use restasis, a unique product designed to improve the health of the cornea. ...Read more
There may be none: Depending on how dry your eyes are, you may not be able to handle contact lenses. Contacts themselves are known to create a relative dry eye situation and can worsen dry eyes that are already present. Contacts with higher water content tend to be more comfortable, but all types may end up being too uncomfortable. Wetting drops may help; speak with your eye doctor if you have any questions. ...Read more
Treatment options: There are multiple possible treatment options for dry eyes. However, you need to determine why your eyes are dry. Ie If you are having problems producing tears, or if you are producing tears which evaporate rapidly off the surface of your eyes, etc. See you eye md for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
NO: Vaseline is a skin product that theoretically should not be used in the eyes. But a number of patients have used it and stated it relieved there dry eyes. I have not seen any side effects on a couple of patients that were regularly using them. But I stopped them & put them on appropriate ophthalmic drops. There are also punctal plugs, and prescription medications other than tear drops & gels. ...Read more