Have you ever felt an annoying feeling of debris or a burning sensation in your eyes? Perhaps you have experienced red eyes or that they feel dry like sandpaper?
Dry eyes are more common than you think - in fact, approximately 10% of the population struggles with this problem.
Dry eyes can be caused by several things.
Sometimes it happens because the eye's tear film weakens, either due to less tear production or increased evaporation from the eye's surface. Inflammation or blocked tear glands can reduce tear fluid production, while changes in tear fluid composition can increase evaporation.
When you experience symptoms of dry eyes, it is important to seek medical attention. Your doctor can help you through specific questions and tests to determine what may be causing the problem. It may also be a good idea to limit situations that aggravate the problems, such as staying in rooms with air conditioning or spending too much time in front of the screen.
Dry eye is usually a condition that lasts, unless it is caused by specific medications. It can also lead to ulcers and damage to the cornea. But don't despair – most people with mild to moderate symptoms can live comfortably using artificial tear fluid.
What can help relieve dry eye symptoms?
In addition to conventional medical approaches, you also have alternative treatment options to consider. Some people have found relief through IPL treatment, increased water intake, fatty acid supplementation, acupuncture, vitamin B2, dietary supplements, and even visual exercises. These options may vary in effectiveness from person to person, but it may be worth discussing them with your healthcare professional and/or acupuncturist to see if they are right for you.
Taking care of your eye health can help reduce the risk of dry eyes and relieve symptoms. An ophthalmologist will be able to give you the correct diagnosis and guide you to appropriate treatment options.
Case form our clinic - Beates alternative treatment approach.
Beate changed her diet (among other things she cut out sugar, yeast, industrially produced food and alcohol) and worked to reduce stress in everyday life. Even after these measures, however, she was not satisfactorily better. It was in August 2023, after some research on her own, that Beate discovered that acupuncture could be a potential solution. She contacted me for a consultation, and we had a thorough conversation about her experiences and what I could contribute.
After two weeks of acupuncture, Beate experienced a significant improvement. Through the autumn of 2023, she gradually returned to a 50% position at work, and she noticed that her eyes did not get as tired from looking at the screen. Normal everyday life became easier to handle.
Beate's story is a living example of how a holistic approach to health, combined with both conventional and alternative treatment methods, can help to restore the quality of life for those who struggle with dry eyes.
Each case is different and may require different.
Remember that each person's dry eye journey is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. By taking small steps to protect your eyes, seeking medical attention when symptoms occur, and exploring different treatment options, you can help maintain healthy eye health.
Thank you for reading this article. Your eye health is priceless - give your eyes the care they deserve. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.