Dry Eye Symptoms
Our eyes have a lubrication system that can be put out of balance by either internal or external factors. When people suffer from dry eye, they may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Dry, red eyes
- Light sensitivity or blurry vision
- Feeling like a foreign object is in the eye/ gritty feeling
- Extra tears rolling out of eyes (the body overcompensating)
One major complaint of dry eye sufferers is that it’s not easy to quell the discomfort and dryness. Eye drops are the number one treatment but they don’t provide long term relief. There are many causes for dry eye, so people suffering from it often find it difficult to find a solution. Some people even have to turn to surgical treatments to find relief.
Recent Studies Concerning Dry Eye
Researchers have revealed that the oil from sea buckthorn which is rich with proanthocyanidins- are amazing for protecting different structures within the eye, combating dry eye. Proanthocyanidins are a kind of Polyphenol. Polyphenols are important micronutrients that we must get through our diet. The long term health of your eyes could be benefited by sea buckthorn oils- particularly the seed oil.
In some cases, inflammatory issues can lead to dry eye- as is seen in Sjogren’s syndrome patients. Other components found within the oil may help reduce inflammation, especially in the eyes. Researchers from the University of Finland found that carotenoids and tocopherols in the oil may have a positive effect.
We do not suggest putting sea buckthorn oils directly in the eye. Putting oil in your eye may cause irritation or make it difficult to see. For the purpose of rehydrating cells and supporting dry eye you should take the oils internally. Since both the seed and berry oils have beneficial properties, you will want to take a blend of both.
You can choose either the Omega-7 Complete capsules or the DIY Drop in Kit. The dosage for the Omega-7 complete capsules is 2 per day. You will need 18 drops of both the seed and berry oil with the DIY Drop in Kit. Be sure to give yourself at least a month of taking the oils internally for best results.
“Effects of Oral Sea Buckthorn Oil on Tear Film Fatty Acids in Individuals with Dry Eye.” Cornea, September 30, 2011, 1013-019. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21832964.