Dry eye or Keratitis Sicca is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. There is generalised decrease in production of tears qualitatively and quantitatively. Our Tears are composed of three layers oily lipid layer, watery layer and mucous layer, problem in any of these layers results in dryness of eyes.

Symptoms of Dry eyes :

Those with Dry Eyes commonly experience persistent dryness, scratching and burning sensation of eyes, it may sometimes also be accompanied by pain, redness of eyes and irritation. Patient usually have a feeling of a foreign body sensation in the eyes. Some people may even experience sensitivity towards light and blurred vision.

Causes of Dry Eyes Syndrome :

According to Ayurvedic point of view Dry Eyes is nothing but Vata Prakop in the eyes and related anatomical structure of eyes, along with lack of nourishment to the tissues of the eyes.

How to treat Dry Eyes :

The condition of Dry Eyes is managed in Allopathy science by Instillation of artificial tears or lubricants, Eye ointments are applied at bed time, Punctal plugs are inserted in eyelids to keep tears on your eye which prevent tears from draining away quickly.  

Ayurveda shows a different approach in treating Dry Eye Syndrome. Ayurveda believes in treating the deranged vata. Eyes being the seat of Tej mahabhoot (Pitta dosha), can be very well treated with ghee (medicated or plain ghrit). Generally Triphala ghrit is used in treating eye diseases. Ghee has its own nutritional values, it helps in regulating functions of extra-occular muscles, eyelids, and tears. It thus decreases the dryness of the eyes, irritaton and burning sensation prevailing in the eyes.

Few changes in our lifestyle can also reflect positively, like 1)Use of Humidifiers at our work place or while at home. 2) Always keep air vents of heaters, air conditioners, hair dryers away from your face, also avoid direct facing towards the fans. 3) Finally the most important thing is that always take a break from computer screens after a minimum span of 30mins, and blink the eyes often, this helps to spread tears over the surface of eyes.

So now using these simple tips keep your eyes away from dryness and add a twinkle to it….