I recently got a lot of relief from my dry eyes problem, so I wanted to share it with other sufferers. I will try to post it on other dry eye forums as well, so that maximum people can benefit from it.
I belong to India, and sadly, we don’t have many good eye doctors here. (Some of them are really great, but many are crappy!). So I had this problem of red and itchy eyes. Over here, it is generally perceived as conjunctivitis. I showed it to three eye doctors and they had no clue! I Googled about it and came to know about dry eyes. All links said that I should try ‘artificial tears’. I went to the chemist, and they had no idea what artificial tears are… so well, I suffered with the itching every summer (it went away in the winters).
One year back, my friend took me to an eye doctor she knew. I went unwillingly and he told me I have dry eyes (finally!) He told me to use Tear Plus drops along with another eye drop (I don’t remember its name, sorry). So I started using them. They gave me some relief, but it was very temporary. Also, the bottle said do not use more than what’s prescribed by your doctor. Since my eyes were itchy all the time, I felt like using the drops many, many times in a day, which scared me. Also, here in India, there are many people who do not like to take Allopathic (mainstream) medicines. I am one of them, and I rely more on “desi” remedies (Ayurveda or home based remedies).
I tried rose water (it was very painful for dry eyes), and many other things. None of them worked. One day I was just applying cold cream on my face, thinking how it preserves and restores moisture in my skin, when I thought, hey my eyelids are made of skin too. They are dry and need moisture. So I applied some cold cream on my eye lids as well. It gave me temporary relief. So after some time, I applied a little more. I continued doing it… and when it started itching, I just put a little cold cream on my eye lids (make sure you don’t put cream IN your eyes. In fact, if you can get fresh cream off the milk, it would be best because it’s free of chemicals).
So well, after a few weeks, I was cured. Which means I did not have to apply cream all the time – maybe once in two-three days, which was perfectly okay for me. My dry eyes come back each summer, but it gets okay with the cold cream therapy. Just make sure the cream you use has the right consistency – neither too watery, nor too thick. Also, don’t play too many video games because then you don’t blink for long.
I’ve read that taking Omega 3 tablets is also helpful. I took one each day. They helped me with my itchy skin (I had a skin condition too) but did not help much with dry eyes. You can try taking them… maybe they will work for you.
One note: when you apply cream, your eyes will be blurry for some time. So do not apply cream before driving.
I’m sorry if I made any typos… I just want to help people out there who have dry eyes. I hope my method helps others.