5 Effective Home Remedies For Dry Eyes

When your eyes cannot produce sufficient tear, you experience burning or stinging sensation in the eyes. This condition known as dry eyes can be easily alleviated with the help of simple natural remedies. Although dry eyes are more common after the age of 50 when the natural tear production tends to decline, in a number of cases damage to the tear gland, an underlying health problem or side effect of certain medications reduces tear secretion. The following natural remedies are known to help in restoring the normal lubrication of the eyes.

Here Are The 5 Effective Home Remedies For Dry Eyes:

1. Warm Compress

To help stimulate tear production, close your eyes and place a warm washcloth over the closed eyes for about 3 to 5 minutes or until it cools. Reapply the warm compress two to three times a day.[1] This home remedy especially helps when dry eyes is caused by a disorder of the tear producing gland or inflammation of the eyelids. The heat helps in easing tear flow in the eyes.

Warm Compress

2. Eyelid Scrub With Baby Shampoo

After applying the warm compress, take a small amount of baby shampoo on your finger tip, close your eyes and gently massage the base of the eyelashes with the mild cleanser.[2] Wash off the shampoo. The baby shampoo helps in inhibiting growth of bacteria that are responsible for breaking down the fatty substances in the tear. Furthermore, massaging the base of the eyelashes while cleansing helps in improving tear flow in the eyes.

Eyelid Scrub With Baby Shampoo

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil is an effective alternative to the over-the-counter eye lubricants. Take a drop of castor oil on your finger tip, close your eyes and gently spread it on the base of the eyelashes.[3] By inhibiting tear evaporation, castor oil seems to help in reducing the symptoms of dry eye.

Castor Oil

4. Cover Eyes With Cucumber Slice

Cucumber is loaded with antioxidants that are known to help in reducing irritation and swelling. To help soothe the irritated eyes, place a thin cucumber slice on the closed eye for up to 20 minutes.[4] This remedy seems to help in reducing dry eyes associated with eye strain.

Cover Eyes With Cucumber Slice

5. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel when applied to the base of the eyelashes helps in alleviating the symptoms of dry eyes. Close your eyes and spread a small amount of the gel on the margin on the eyelid.[5] The anti-inflammatory property of aloe vera gel seems to help in reducing inflammation of the eyelid, which is a common cause of dry eyes.

Aloe Vera Gel