Researchers have identified a previously unobserved correlation between osteoporosis and dry eye syndrome. This link has potentially dire implications for bone health. Dry eye syndrome can cause reduced vision, which, in turn, can lead to falls, and fractures.
Today we'll look at the research that uncovered this association, and you'll learn about non-toxic home remedies to prevent and reverse dry eye syndrome.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when the eye surface is not adequately lubricated. Underproduction or over-evaporation of moisture can both result in dry eyes.
Your eyes produce and maintain three different layers of tear film, each of which serves important functions supporting the health of your eyes. When any one of these layers is disrupted or damaged, your vision can be compromised.1
The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can include:
- Eye pain
- Irritated or red eyes
- Unusual tearing
- Sandy feeling eyes
- A stinging or burning eye sensation
- Blurry vision
- Overuse of contact lenses
- Inadequate blinking
- Excessive screen use
- Eye surgery
- Tear gland dysfunction
- Continual exposure to wind, smoke, or dry air
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Conditions such as immune disorders and arthritis
There are many known causes of dry eyes. They include:
We can now add osteoporosis to this list, thanks to groundbreaking research published in the scientific journal PLOS One.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when your eyes are inadequately lubricated. It can compromise your vision. It may have other symptoms such as pain, tearing, or irritation. There are many causes of dry eye syndrome, listed above.
The Study Linking Bone Density And Dry Eye Syndrome
Our bodies are intricate webs of interacting systems. While this makes us flexible and resilient, it also means that a problem with one body system can impact others in unexpected ways.
A group of researchers investigated one such connection between bodily processes. They conducted a study with more than 189,000 participants to see whether there is a link between osteoporosis and dry eyes. They followed this group of participants for 11 years to see whether osteoporosis was an independent factor in the risk of developing dry syndrome.1
They found that 15.29% of the participants with osteoporosis developed dry eye syndrome. Only 10.44% of participants who didn't have osteoporosis developed dry eye syndrome. Even after adjusting for different variables, the difference persisted.1
This led the researchers to conclude that osteoporosis is a risk factor for the subsequent development of dry eye syndrome.1
The study followed more than 189,000 participants for eleven years. Researchers found that participants with osteoporosis were more likely to develop dry eye syndrome.
How To Treat And Prevent Dry Eyes
The relationship between osteoporosis and dry eye syndrome is particularly troublesome because its symptoms include vision impairment, which increases the risk of falls and fractures.
Clearly, anyone with an osteoporosis diagnosis should take immediate action to remedy dry eye syndrome.
The Medical Establishment turns, as usual, to Big Pharma for fast and profitable solutions that are at best unnecessary, and at worst harmful. For example, the prescription eye drops sold as Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) can cause significant side effects in as many as a quarter of users. Those side effects include visual impairment– the very symptom we most need to avoid!2
Fortunately, there are lots of natural approaches for relieving dry eyes. Try one or more of these home remedies:
- Hot Compress – soak a clean cloth in warm water, ring out excess water, and place on your closed eyes for five to ten minutes. You can do this multiple times a day to increase the thickness of your tear film.3
- Cucumber – Cucumber is a well known method for moisturizing eyes. Chill and slice a cucumber. Then place the slices on your eyelids to soothe and relax your eyes.
- Chamomile tea – Brew some chamomile tea for at least 10 minutes, and instead of drinking it, chill it in the refrigerator. Then dip cotton swabs into the tea and place them on your eyelids for 10 to 15 minutes.4
- Aloe Vera – Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel on your eyelids. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and pro-healing properties.5
- Olive oil – The anti-inflammatory compounds in olive oil make it a soothing topical treatment. Put a few drops on your fingertips and massage onto your closed eyelids. Cover with your hands for a few minutes and let your skin absorb the oil.
- Coconut oil – You can use 100% organic virgin coconut oil as anti-inflammatory moisturizing eye drops. Simply put a few drops in both your eyes and blink a few times to let your eyes absorb the oil6
- Castor Oil – You can do the same thing with cold-pressed, organic castor oil. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and lubricant to reduce itching and burning, thanks to high levels of ricinoleic acid.7
- Vitamins and nutrients – Supplementation with certain vitamins and nutrients can ensure your body has what it needs to keep your layers of tear film strong. Vitamins D, B12, and A are all important, as are Omega-3 fatty acids.8,9,10
- Flaxseed Oil – Supplementation with flaxseed oil provides the Omega-3 fatty acids your body needs to successfully lubricate your eyes. Studies have found this treatment to be effective.11
- Fish oil – Similar to flaxseed oil, fish oil provides Omega-3 fatty acids that promote eye health. In studies, participants relieved dry eyes by taking fish oil supplements.12
As always, prevention is far preferable to treatment. Here are some environmental and behavioral changes that can help prevent dry eyes:
- Reduce your screen time, and use anti-glare glasses
- Avoid exposure to dry air and wind
- Use a humidifier in your home
- Take breaks during long stretches of visual activity
- Avoid smoke
Dry eye syndrome can impair vision, increasing the risk of falls and fractures. So it's especially important for Savers to pursue a natural, drug-free course of prevention and remedy. See the lists above for home remedies and preventative strategies.
What This Means To You
This knowledge puts you ahead of the curve, and if you're working to reverse osteoporosis, now you know what to do to prevent dry eye syndrome.
And if you're following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you already know that it is a holistic protocol that considers the larger picture of how your overall health interacts with your bone health.
Keep your eyes sharp and your bones strong for an enjoyable and worry-free life.