Paid Any Attention to April as Women’s Eye Health Month? Most men and women will experience some deterioration in vision during their lifetime. However, women may have added bothersome eye problems at certain times, such as during hormonal changes of pregnancy or menopause:-A gritty feeling of something “in” the eye when nothing’s there
-Red, itchy, inflamed eyes
-Puffy or red, dry, itchy upper/lower eyelids
-Tiny whitehead-like blisters on skin surrounding eyes
-Dandruff-like particles on eyelids
-Cloudy mucus discharge
-Extreme sensitivity to light or smoke
-Tears from the corners of the eyes
These can all be symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome and its often-accompanying skin condition, “Blepharitis”. Dry Eye and related symptoms occur two to three times more often in women than in men.
Natural Treatment and Relief for Dry Eye and Blepharitis
Dry Eye Syndrome can come and go, but sometimes it’s here to stay, especially beginning with menopause. Over-the-counter eye drops work only temporarily.
“Blepharitis” is a form of dermatitis causing many irritations on the skin nearest the eyes – the most sensitive skin in the facial area – or occurring painfully inside the eyelid. Blepharitis may come with Dry Eye but can also be caused by an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria. It is often mistakenly treated with hydrocortisone creams, which usually even say on the label “Keep away from eyes”. Prolonged use of hydrocortisone cream can thin this sensitive skin, making it more prone to afflictions, and can also cause cataracts.
Dry Eye and Blepharitis often indicate vitamin and nutritional deficiencies. But there is safe, natural and homeopathic help for Dry Eye and Blepharitis! Our eye-related health can be improved by supplementing these naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients:
Vitamin E – An excellent protector of vision and the skin around our eyes. It has extensive antioxidant power – i.e., it keeps free radicals from invading and damaging healthy living cells.
Lutein – This antioxidant should occur in the human body naturally, but becomes deficient due to poor diet, health or aging. Lutein can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables and egg yolks, but we can’t (or don’t) eat enough of them.
L-Glutathione – Japanese research has shown that most cases of cataracts seem to have something to do with a deficiency in this antioxidant.
Omega-3 – This Essential Fatty Acid can be found in flaxseed oil, walnuts, salmon, soybeans, winter squash – foods most of us don’t think about eating often. Omega-3 can be supplemented with fish oils and is found in some soft-gel vitamin E caplets.
Dry Eye, Blepharitis and/or Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) can be caused or irritated by bacteria from aging eye make-up. Remove cosmetics each night, and get new eyeliner and mascara every three months.