Last Modified on Apr 26, 2016
Dry Eye Symptoms
Your eyes naturally lubricate themselves every time you blink; dryness occurs when there is a decrease in tear production (caused by age, contact lenses, or trauma) or greater rate of tear film evaporation. This is a common condition for people who regularly work at computers, watch TV, or even after prolonged periods of reading, as we tend not to blink as much while intently focused, leaving us with dry itchy eyes.
Dry eyes can lead to keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), also known as keratitis sicca, xerophthalmia, or dry eye syndrome. This is a chronic eye condition that exhibits stronger dry eye symptoms of burning, itching, a sandy-gritty irritation, sensitivity to light, and even watery eyes. Interestingly enough, watery eyes are a result of reflex tears that occur through eye irritation, emotional and physical injury, and do not have the same lubricating properties that prevent dry eyes. While generally most symptoms are mild, over time this can become severe if left untreated and lead to lasting eye damage.
How to Cure Dry Eyes Naturally
Our most popular remedies are castor oil and fish oil, but readers have recommended vitamin supplements, dietary changes, and have had success with acupuncture. As always, we are looking for more remedies for dry eyes, as well as feedback on what others have suggested. If you have a dry eyes cure you'd like to contribute, please let us know.
Remedies for Dry Eyes
The Popularity of Dry Eyes Remedies - Full List
|Alkaline Water Eye Drops||1||2015-09-01|
|Aloe Vera, Avoid Coffee||3||2011-09-24|
|Apple Cider Vinegar||3||2009-07-18|
|Avoid Fan Use||1||2016-02-24|
|Black seed oil,also called Nigella Sativa, for dry eyes||1||2016-02-18|
|Blood Serum Drops||1||2015-07-25|
|Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk||1||2015-11-30|
|Cod Liver Oil||1||2012-07-04|
|Fish or Flax Seed Oil||9||2013-01-10|
|Frankincense and Lemon Oil||1||2015-01-05|
|Grape Seed Oil||1||2011-11-20|
|Humidifier, Change of Location||1||2015-11-29|
|Vitamins A, E||1||2011-10-09|
[YEA] Hi - I had gradually worsening dry eyes due to lots of computer time and, I realize, worsening circulation despite exercising vigorously on a daily basis. I did oil pulling in the summer and it helped some, but then tried acupunture this fall for general wellness (after a marathon) and alas! Dry eyes became significantly better, along with circulation in extremities. I cannot speak more highly to the benefits of acupunture. Do yourself a favor and try it out in 2011!
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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Rhonda (Lakewoood) on 09/01/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Tried all other remedies listed and they worked better than prescription eye drops but chiro suggested eye drops made from alkaline water and they seem to work best. Every day eyes are getting better.
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YEA (3) 100%Posted by Dave(Fountain Inn, Sc) on 09/24/2011
[YEA] DRY EYE
I have suffered from dry eye for over twenty years and have tried dozens of various otc drops. The very best solution to the problem I have found is very inexpensive: aloe vera (I use a high quality one) annointed on the lids of the eyes. Not dropped into the eye but on the lids. Aloe is, of course, alkaline and I believe what is happening is that the aloe is netralizing an acidic condition. I was put onto the idea of putting the drops of aloe onto the eye lid by my opthomologist who had given me a prescription for eye lid drops to deal with dry eye. But I found the aloe vera worked better and at little expense. I usually apply three or four times daily or as needed.
My second recommendation is to be careful for coffee consumption, both in regular and de-caf form... The acid in the coffee is murder on sensitive eyes. I have found a direct correlation between "burning eyes" during the day and whether I've had coffee that morning. Teas don't seem to be so bad.
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YEA (2) 67% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 33%Posted by Hien (Houston, Tx) on 07/18/2009
[YEA] 5 parts of water 2 parts of honey and 1 part of apple cider vinegar. I had sandy, red eyes i went to see three eyes doctor, after 4 times seeing them they all gave me antibiotic and said i have eyes infection and dry. I keep using the antibiotic but i can tell not getting better, last night look online and found this lady has the same problem like mine, she gave out this home remedy, i use it since last night and this morning i feel much better, i went back to the site trying to say thank you, but i could not find it ,well thank you if you happen to get on this site. Hien Hoang
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Danamarie (California) on 02/24/2016
[YEA] I was starting to get dry, red, irriated eyes and the eye doctor told me to stop using a fan. it worked.
YEA (2) 100%Posted by Dave(Fountain Inn, Sc) on 06/18/2013
[YEA] Had dry eyes for years and in my case found it was acid related. Tried lots of remedies but the best is to dissolve a third teaspoon baking soda into a half cup of purified water. For safety sake, boil the water and let cool. Dab with clean cloth onto eyelids; repeat a minute later. I repeat: Apply to eye LIDS. Keep eyes closed until dry. The alkaline water will counter the acidic condition on eye surface.
I drink then the remainder of the baking soda water to offset my acidic system.
If I drink coffee, the dry eye problem is worse. Eating acidic foods also worsens the dry eye.
The point is: my dry eye condition was being caused by an acidic system. I had been diagnosed by an opthomologist with "dry eye" and the solution was to counter the acid in the body which I suppose had caused the dryness.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 03/25/2011
[YEA] I think the castor oil people are trying for dry eyes is just great. I searched everywhere for years, I too tried many different items and they only worked temp. Then some one told me to try black cohosh sold in all herbal stores, it's sold as a capsule, I take one every morning, and it's great for every day. I also found that my dry eyes are caused from a virus. So I am working on the whole body one day at a time, one body part at a time. But good luck & I just thought I would share some extra back up info.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Tammy (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 02/18/2016
[YEA] Black Seed Oil in just a few days relieved my terribly dry eyes. They were so bad that I had to use ointment in them at night, sometimes if I didn't, when I would wake up they would be so painful and feel like they were ripping. I had an antibiotic ointment by the side of my bed, and I would put over the counter ointment in my eyes regularly. I was amazed that in just a few days, taking a tiny dosage (1/4 teaspoon) of black seed oil, I had no trouble with dry eyes at all when I woke up in the morning! I do not know if I have Sjogren's, but I do have some of the symptoms, I just haven't been tested yet.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Jt (Tucson, Az) on 07/25/2015
[YEA] A natural treatment for dry eyes that your doctor can prescribe is blood serum drops. Your blood is drawn, sent to a compounding pharmacy and is specific to you. The recommended dose is 4 times a day, but you can use as often as you like. The prescription is a 6 month supply, which is in a individual syringes and must be kept in the freezer. A syringe can be kept for a week in the refrigerator, using 4 times a day last about 5 days.
I have been using the treatment for 6 weeks. At my check up I had moderate improvement, at only a quarter of the way through the prescription. Our blood serum carries stem cells, so effectively we are healing ourselves.
The blood draw was $40 and the prescription was $265, even though it is spendy, at $50 a month it is certainly worth a try.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Ben (London, Uk) on 07/09/2014
[YEA] I look at a computer screen for approx 10-12 hrs a day and I get very dry eyes. The best natural remedy I find is to eat 1x raw carrot per day. This is the best natural remedy I have used.
YEA (19) 76% NAY (3) 12% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (2) 8% SIDE EFFECT (1) 4%Posted by Melanie (Unicoi, Tennessee) on 01/23/2016
[SIDE EFFECTS] I recently started using castor oil (at bedtime) for my dry eyes. Has anyone found that the castor oil "burns" their eyes? It is uncomfortable and causes my vision to be blurry.
Posted by Joan (New York City) on 10/22/2015
[YEA] I am 74 years old. I was diagnosed with blepharitis and dry eyes many years ago. Over the years I was noncompliant and never washed my lids with baby shampoo or used warm compresses. I rarely used natural tears. Since (a bad allergy season) June of this year my eyes worsened drmatically. They have been swollen, very bloodshot, with constant tearing..etc.
After 4 visits to the eyes doctors, and they prescribing Zylet, Restasis, Lastacaft, and too many other medications to list here, nothing brought me relief. I have been in touch with Dr. Yang of TheraLife Eye in California. She advised to stop using baby shampoo, that it is a detergent and more irritating to the eyes. I have also been taking Sea Buckthorn caps, Omega 3, Genteal Gel, and natural tears. I stopped washing my lids with baby shampoo.
Last evening, I dabbed cold press castor oil around my eyes. When I woke this morning the swelling and irritation was improved 75%. I will continue this, as it has brought me relief.
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Posted by Ronald (Ca) on 07/07/2015
[YEA] I tried various suggested cures for dry eyes, but they didn't totally work. Here is what I found that works for me.
I take a night guard (light blocker over the eyes), fold a paper towel in thirds, tear in half which now fits inside the blocker, lightly coat it with castor oil, saturate with water and put paper towel inside of blocker and over the eyes.
I also use lubricant eye drops in the eyes and that concoction lasts all night. In the AM I don't have dry eyes when I wake up.
Posted by Carol (Annapolis, Md) on 01/10/2014
[YEA] I love EarthClinic!! I have struggled with dry eyes for so many years especially in the winter. I did try ACV which helps but when I read about Castor Oil, cold pressed, I thought why not. I purchased it and transferred a small amount to my lower lids with a q-tip and close my eyes for a moment. I do this at night and in the mooring or when my eyes feel dry. WOW!! It works. I am so grateful not to be suffering.
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