Pure Aloe Vera for Dry Eyes

Pure Aloe Vera for Dry EyesPeople who suffer from dry eye often experience symptoms such as burning, itching and redness. Over-the-counter artificial tears may help relieve symptoms, but, for chronic sufferers, the discomfort and irritation return. This discomfort will often prompt people with dry eye to search for alternative treatments, such as aloe vera, a plant well-known for its soothing properties.

Cause

A tear film made of three layers coats the surface of your eye, and if any of these layers has a poor quality, you may experience dry eye. Another cause of dry eye occurs when your eyes fail to produce an adequate amount of tears to coat, nourish and soothe your eye.

Aloe Vera

The leaves of the aloe plant contain a thick, gel-like substance that can help soothe burns, dry skin and other conditions. Aloe vera gel cannot improve your tear film or increase the amount of tears you produce. You should not place aloe vera gel directly in your eye since this may increase the discomfort and irritation on the surface of your eye.

Considerations

If you feel that aloevera could help your dry eye symptoms, you should talk with your doctor before applying the gel or other aloe era solution. Your doctor may suggest applying a small amount at first, and this will help you determine how well the surface of your eye will tolerate the aloe. If you experience any adverse reactions to aloe vera near your eye, discontinue use immediately.

Read the original article at livestrong.com

Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, we’re concerned with keeping our Orlando patients’ vision as healthy as possible. We also want you and your family to have healthy eyes.

It’s important to stay up to date on eye health information, especially because some eye conditions like Glaucoma have no symptoms.  As an adult, you might ask yourself, “Why get an eye exam?” Getting an annual eye exam can easily be forgotten, especially with work, family and other obligations.  Make sure you set a reminder in your smartphone or pencil it in to your calendar to get a regular eye exam every year.

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