Saturday, August 30, 2008

Anti-Aging for Dry Eyes

Mostly Natural Antiaging Solutions for the Problem of Dry Eyes

Dry eyes is one of the many issues that can accompany aging. This is especially true for wearers of contact lenses and for women. This problem of dry eyes is related to estrogen levels which fluctuate and decline as we grow older. The problem of fluctuating hormones and its effects on eyes can be solved by supplementing with bioidentical hormones which is something that we will talk about later in another article. Here, we will discuss the best natural antiaging tips for dry eyes available to you.

By supplementing your diet with natural supplements you buy at the health store can help with dry eye syndrome. Pick up some Vitamin A, Hyaluronic Acid (nature’s moisturizer), Primrose oil, Omega-3 (fish oils such as salmon), and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and 6 can be found by adding fish and nuts to your diet or, if you do not eat these foods as often as you should, you can purchase supplements at the health store. You may not have heard of Hyaluronic acid, but it is a glycosaminoglycan, and occurs naturally in all the tissues of your body, in the skin and in the fluid that moisturizes your eyes, joints and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid can be found in many of the lubricating eye drop products on the market. Another supplement to take is Vitamin C in higher doses ranging from 500 to 100 mg depending on your age Also make sure you are drinking plenty of water help improve the amount of tear moisture in your eyes. All of these natural health supplements, as mentioned before can be purchased at your local health food store or pharmacy.

To help even more, when you blink your eyes, ensure that you close the lid completely and blink often. This helps spread tear film over the entire eye. Blinking moves the tears which wash the eye, keeping eyes moist, and clears out debris and dust. Vital to healthy eyes are your tears, whose function is to neutralize bacteria that can multiply in the eye and cause eye infections.

What else can you do for dry aging eyes? Find an excellent product that lubricates your eyes. Novartis Pharmaceuticals “GenTeal” eye drops and eye lubrication are great products for dry eye syndrome. These eye drops can be used with contact lenses as well. Use the GenTeal eye lubrication in the tube only at night because it is a little “sticky” allowing it to stay longer in the eye than the eye drops.

Also, be wary of the many medications you may be taking which can increase the dryness in your eyes, including antihistamines, anti-depressants, and blood pressure medications, medication for Parkinson's, and birth control pills (which change hormonal levels). Always consult with your doctor on stopping any of your prescribed medications and how they affect the problem of dry eyes.

The problem of aging and dry eyes can be solved with our antiaging tips for dry eyes by following the above suggestions. As for the amounts of natural supplements to take, be sure to check with a naturopath as these amounts can differ depending on the age and gender of the person.

1 comment:

Pooja said...

Chronic Dry eyes develop due to the eyes not producing adequate amount of tears. There are many symptoms of chronic dry eyes which includes itchiness, prickliness, sensitiveness to light, blurry eyesight, dryness etc.It develops as your age grows, menopausal phase or medical disorders. Turbulent weather conditions, smoke, air-conditioners and heaters, constant wear of contact lenses can increase the risk of dry eyes. For more details refer chronic dry eyes