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    It sounds so simple that it must be true. If you have dry eyes, well, just drink more water. At least 8 8 ounce glasses a day for starters, and if you like to drink beverages with caffeine, you'll probably need one or two more glasses because caffeine has the effect of making your body lose water.

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    This does make sense but it never worked for my grandmother. She always had dry eyes and no matter how much water she drank she still had to use drops in her eyes. Maybe her eyes were too bad off for the water to help but I do think you are right about drinking water.

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    I don't think water will help with dry eyes. I believe dry eyes has something to do with your tear ducts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassie View Post
    I don't think water will help with dry eyes. I believe dry eyes has something to do with your tear ducts.
    i agree with you...dry eyes is a problem related to your tear duct...there is no or less formation of tears in the tear duct resulting in dry eyes...i does not have to do anything with water.

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    Thanks for the tip. I don't actually get dry eyes but most of the time I get watery eyes. Do you have any tips for that?

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    Yeah, drinking lots of water keeping the dryness down or non existent. Water is good regardless, don't drink tap water though.

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    water is not just our eyes its good also for our skin and body, it replenish and it stay us up in hydration.

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    I get really dry eyes sometimes and although I do drink water I definitely don't drink that much, I just drink when I am thirsty but I guess I should just drink even if I am not thirsty in that case?

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    I see there's some disagreement on the topic.

    I've not heard drinking water specifically helps dry eyes, but in my experience I think staying well hydrated can prevent sore feet when standing all day... Since we're talking about water.

    I think there are several reasons to drink plenty of water other than this. Has anyone here noticed that drinking water specifically helps their condition of dry eyes?

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    I don't drink water, just don't like it. I mosty drink soda and sometimes milk or juice. I definetly don't drink enough. I'm sure I get nowhere near the recommended 8 glasses a day and i've never had a problem with dry eyes.

    I made another post here about how I wore my contacts for over a year without taking them out, even at night, and i've never used eye drops.

    So, I would say if it does have an effect, it depends on the person. It's not going to be the same for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaylaris View Post
    I get really dry eyes sometimes and although I do drink water I definitely don't drink that much, I just drink when I am thirsty but I guess I should just drink even if I am not thirsty in that case?
    I've heard it said that if you only drink water when you're thirsty, it's not enough. Each person is different, but a good rule of thumb, as stated above, is 8 glasses of water a day, eight ounces each for a total of 64 ounces a day. Most bottled water comes in half liter bottles, which is about 16 ounces. Four of those and you've got a full day's supply of water.

    Try that and see if it helps with your dry eyes.

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    Obviously the ammount of water you need is going to be different for every person depending on how big you are and your diet. If you eat a lot of salt, you are going to need to drink more.

    I read that it is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example: I weigh 135. Half my weight is 67.5. So I should drink 67.5 ounces of water per day. If you weigh 180, you should drink 90 oz/day.

    And that is probably just a rough figure since everybody probably needs a different ammount for different reasons. One being salt intake which I mentioned earlier.

    I wouldn't get very exact about it and make sure you drink the perfect ammount of water every day, just make sure your getting enough. Your body can compensate for not drinking enough or too much as long as your somewhat around where you need to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllTracTurbo View Post
    Obviously the ammount of water you need is going to be different for every person depending on how big you are and your diet. If you eat a lot of salt, you are going to need to drink more.

    I read that it is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example: I weigh 135. Half my weight is 67.5. So I should drink 67.5 ounces of water per day. If you weigh 180, you should drink 90 oz/day.

    And that is probably just a rough figure since everybody probably needs a different amount for different reasons. One being salt intake which I mentioned earlier.

    I wouldn't get very exact about it and make sure you drink the perfect ammount of water every day, just make sure your getting enough. Your body can compensate for not drinking enough or too much as long as your somewhat around where you need to be.
    Thanks, Turbo. I was looking at this thread and saying "I remember something about your body weight and how much water to drink, but I can't remember the formula." You posted just what I was thinking. Thanks.

    Now as for staying hydrated, you should probably drink more water than soda. Most carbonated drinks contain caffeine, which makes you more dehydrated. If just plain water doesn't thrill you, there are some good water out there like Propel by Gatorade, and Glaceau makes this flavored vitamin water that's very good, it's low in sugar and I think you'll like it. I'm trying to get myself to start drinking that instead of soda.

    Good luck and good health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield21 View Post
    Thanks, Turbo. I was looking at this thread and saying "I remember something about your body weight and how much water to drink, but I can't remember the formula." You posted just what I was thinking. Thanks.

    Now as for stating hydrated, you should probably drink more water than soda. Most carbonated drinks contain caffeine, which makes you more dehydrated. If just plain water doesn't thrill you, there are some good water out there like Propel by Gatorade, and Glaceau makes this flavored vitamin water that's very good, it's low in sugar and I think you'll like it. I'm trying to get myself to start drinking that instead of soda.

    Good luck and good health.
    I know soda isn't healthy at all, but i'm more or less the kind of person who lives to eat rather than eats to live. I do like flavored water and gatorade, but there just soo expensive. Soda is probably the cheapest thing you can buy, especially the walmart stuff. And like I said, i'm more about the taste than the health benefits.

    I've never really cared about eating healthy, but I still do eat healthy. I almost never eat out. I eat home cooked meals just about every night. Every once in a while I do drink juice or milk. Also I drink a cup of tea probably 4 or 5 days a week.

    I think i'm healthy. I have a really good metabolism and immune system. I don't think i've been sick in atleast 2 or 3 years. Not even the common cold. I can't remember the last time I was sick. I still have the last box of cold pills that I bought and it says on the back of them that they expire 01/2007, lol. Think they really go bad? Wonder if I should throw them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllTracTurbo View Post
    I still have the last box of cold pills that I bought and it says on the back of them that they expire 01/2007, lol. Think they really go bad? Wonder if I should throw them out.
    I think I read someplace that medicines don't turn into poison after their expiration date, they just lose their effectiveness. You probably should throw those pills away. It doesn't sound like you'll be needing them again any time soon anyway.

    As for the expensive healthy foods, I found that vitamin water at a buck for a 20 ounce bottle. It would probably be even cheaper if you can find it in a bigger bottle.

    Catch you later, Turbo. Keep taking care of those eyes.

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    Thank you for contributing your thoughts everybody. I love it when I ask a question and it turned into a thread. It makes me less like I'm "talking into the air."

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    Default Waddayeamean "Does Not Have Anything To Do With Water"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dheeruyadav View Post
    i agree with you...dry eyes is a problem related to your tear duct...there is no or less formation of tears in the tear duct resulting in dry eyes...i does not have to do anything with water.
    Uuummmm . . . what do you suppose those tears are made of? Magic Tear Solution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vita_man View Post
    Uuummmm . . . what do you suppose those tears are made of? Magic Tear Solution?
    I was just about to say something to that effect, Vita_man. "Dry" means "not having enough water." So if your eyes are dry, just add water.
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    Is eyeglasses help for Dry Eyes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    Is eyeglasses help for Dry Eyes?
    Can eyeglasses help dry eyes? Probably. Contact lenses have a tendency to absorb the moisture from your eyes sometimes. Glasses don't have that effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC View Post
    Can eyeglasses help dry eyes? Probably. Contact lenses have a tendency to absorb the moisture from your eyes sometimes. Glasses don't have that effect.
    but some people likes eyeglasses then contact lens. Then what's the solution for them???

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    but some people likes eyeglasses then contact lens. Then what's the solution for them???
    The solution to what? Dry eyes? Glasses don't dry your eyes like contact lenses can, so if someone likes to wear glasses, that's the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeriBrown View Post
    The solution to what? Dry eyes? Glasses don't dry your eyes like contact lenses can, so if someone likes to wear glasses, that's the solution.
    solution to dry eyes? i like eyeglasses than contact lens so i want to wear eyeglasses and i have already choose my eyeglass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    solution to dry eyes? i like eyeglasses than contact lens so i want to wear eyeglasses and i have already choose my eyeglass.
    Do you have a problem with dry eyes, even though you wear glasses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    solution to dry eyes? i like eyeglasses than contact lens so i want to wear eyeglasses and i have already choose my eyeglass.
    I take it you don't wear contact lenses and sell eye glasses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotlob View Post
    I take it you don't wear contact lenses and sell eye glasses?

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    Do you think that paulthomas is trying to sell us eyeglasses? I haven't seen any links so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleElvis View Post
    Do you think that paulthomas is trying to sell us eyeglasses? I haven't seen any links so far.
    Well he is not allowed to post links yet, but perhaps he can tell us himself.

    I just see a lot of references to eyeglasses (which is a website for - you guessed it - spectacles). This after all is a Contact Lens forum and we don't IMHO need to discuss spectacles so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotlob View Post
    Well he is not allowed to post links yet, but perhaps he can tell us himself.

    I just see a lot of references to eyeglasses (which is a website for - you guessed it - spectacles). This after all is a Contact Lens forum and we don't IMHO need to discuss spectacles so much.

    knotlob
    True, this is a contact lens site, but there is a section here about eyeglasses: http://www.lens101.com/eyeglasses.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneyfornothin View Post
    True, this is a contact lens site, but there is a section here about eyeglasses: http://www.lens101.com/eyeglasses.html
    OK, I didn't know that. Thought it was just a sunglasses section. Will see what PaulThomas says .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotlob View Post
    OK, I didn't know that. Thought it was just a sunglasses section. Will see what PaulThomas says .

    knotlob
    Hey all you have negative thinking. I am not going to sell you eyeglasses, i am just fan of glasses and fashion and i like glasses most then contact lens so mostly i talk about eyeglasses

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    Hey all you have negative thinking. I am not going to sell you eyeglasses, i am just fan of glasses and fashion and i like glasses most then contact lens so mostly i talk about eyeglasses
    OK, thanks PaulThomas. That's OK then, we just don't like spammers here and sometimes your posts come across like you may be one.

    If you are not already on the Eye Glasses section of the forum, you may wish to look at that section, which would be more in tune to your interests .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotlob View Post
    OK, thanks PaulThomas. That's OK then, we just don't like spammers here and sometimes your posts come across like you may be one.

    If you are not already on the Eye Glasses section of the forum, you may wish to look at that section, which would be more in tune to your interests .


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    Thanks knotlob for suggest me i will check sunglasses section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    Thanks knotlob for suggest me i will check sunglasses section.
    Look around. This forum has pages for sunglasses, eyeglasses and contact lenses, as well as eye health in general. There's a lot of good stuff here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy94 View Post
    Look around. This forum has pages for sunglasses, eyeglasses and contact lenses, as well as eye health in general. There's a lot of good stuff here.
    Ok i will do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    solution to dry eyes? i like eyeglasses than contact lens so i want to wear eyeglasses and i have already choose my eyeglass.
    Is there a section of Lens 101 that talks about your brand of eyeglasses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaceofBoe View Post
    Is there a section of Lens 101 that talks about your brand of eyeglasses?
    yes there is a section of eyeglasses, where we can discuss about eyeglasses. and i found that section yesterday http://www.lens101.com/eyeglasses.html this is the link of eyeglasses section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    solution to dry eyes? i like eyeglasses than contact lens so i want to wear eyeglasses and i have already choose my eyeglass.
    What kind of glasses did you chose? Did you go with a metal or plastic frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    yes there is a section of eyeglasses, where we can discuss about eyeglasses. and i found that section yesterday http://www.lens101.com/eyeglasses.html this is the link of eyeglasses section.
    That's a good section to visit. I can't believe that of all the people that visit Lens 101, none of them wear glasses.

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    Looking forward to your updates! ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeriBrown View Post
    That's a good section to visit. I can't believe that of all the people that visit Lens 101, none of them wear glasses.
    It almost seems that way, doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeriBrown View Post
    That's a good section to visit. I can't believe that of all the people that visit Lens 101, none of them wear glasses.
    I wear glasses, PeriBrown. I just can't imagine letting something touch my eye on purpose. Even a soft, smooth contact lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beckifera View Post
    It almost seems that way, doesn't it?
    Yeah, I get the feeling that when people see the name "Lens 101" they think about contact lenses, and maybe they forget that glasses have lenses, too. That would explain the "glass" part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleElvis View Post
    Yeah, I get the feeling that when people see the name "Lens 101" they think about contact lenses, and maybe they forget that glasses have lenses, too. That would explain the "glass" part.
    Especially since they're called "contact lenses." Even though many people just call them "contacts" they're still understood to be lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield21 View Post
    I was just about to say something to that effect, Vita_man. "Dry" means "not having enough water." So if your eyes are dry, just add water.
    Thank you for that picture, Garfield. Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    Ok i will do that.
    Very good paulthomas. I'm glad I was able to offer a viable solution. Did you try it yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainneo View Post
    I wear glasses, PeriBrown. I just can't imagine letting something touch my eye on purpose. Even a soft, smooth contact lens.
    I might let her touch my eye.

    If she were an eye doctor, otherwise what would be the point?

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    Hi all, being a computer user and having suffered from dry eyes, keeping hydrated definitely can help relieve the grittiness and irritation caused. However, it isn't the cure either unfortunately. It's a breakdown of the delicate tear film that covers and protects the eye surface, causing dryness and inflammation. Hormone imbalance plays a part in dry eyes also.

    It can be and immensely frustrating and depressing condition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield21 View Post
    ...and if you like to drink beverages with caffeine, you'll probably need one or two more glasses because caffeine has the effect of making your body lose water.
    That's not strictly true, and has become a very widespread urban myth. This diuretic effect would increase the urine flow, but not by as much as the water in the cup of coffee, tea or cola. So to put it simply, you'd drink a cup but the caffeine in it would make you pee a 50ml more. So you've just drunk 300ml of water ..... minus the 50ml you'd pee extra means you've increased your water intake by 250ml.

    Anyway, this effect only really occurs if you have not had any caffeine for a number of days beforehand, and only lasts for the first day, as you become very quickly resistant to its effect. Basically it's an effect, but on that most people can ignore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo59 View Post
    That's not strictly true, and has become a very widespread urban myth. This diuretic effect would increase the urine flow, but not by as much as the water in the cup of coffee, tea or cola. So to put it simply, you'd drink a cup but the caffeine in it would make you pee a 50ml more. So you've just drunk 300ml of water ..... minus the 50ml you'd pee extra means you've increased your water intake by 250ml.

    Anyway, this effect only really occurs if you have not had any caffeine for a number of days beforehand, and only lasts for the first day, as you become very quickly resistant to its effect. Basically it's an effect, but on that most people can ignore.

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    Wow. Myth busted, Timbo. I really believed that caffeine thing, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads View Post
    Hi all, being a computer user and having suffered from dry eyes, keeping hydrated definitely can help relieve the grittiness and irritation caused. However, it isn't the cure either unfortunately. It's a breakdown of the delicate tear film that covers and protects the eye surface, causing dryness and inflammation. Hormone imbalance plays a part in dry eyes also.

    It can be and immensely frustrating and depressing condition
    I hope you found something useful here that makes things less frustrating and depressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeriBrown View Post
    Wow. Myth busted, Timbo. I really believed that caffeine thing, too.
    :-) There are lots of others that need busting.
    BTW If you drink water you'll pee more. If you drink a lot, the body will say enough is enough and get rid of it. (That's a bit oversimplified, but you get the idea).

    There is another misunderstanding about the amount of water to drink. The recommendation is to intake x amount of water per day. That means in any form, and also includes water in food, so you don't need to drink x amount. I say "x" because the amount seems to differ from country to country and with other factors such as diet and weight. Whatever your local authority advises. Many reporters have taken this to mean "drink".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo59 View Post
    :-) There are lots of others that need busting.
    BTW If you drink water you'll pee more. If you drink a lot, the body will say enough is enough and get rid of it. (That's a bit oversimplified, but you get the idea).

    There is another misunderstanding about the amount of water to drink. The recommendation is to intake x amount of water per day. That means in any form, and also includes water in food, so you don't need to drink x amount. I say "x" because the amount seems to differ from country to country and with other factors such as diet and weight. Whatever your local authority advises. Many reporters have taken this to mean "drink".
    You mean things with a high water content like fruit and gelatin? I remember being told that when I was on a strict fluid restriction some time ago. Things like gelatin and gravy counted as fluid intake.

    Still, it's good to drink your water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captainneo View Post
    You mean things with a high water content like fruit and gelatin? I remember being told that when I was on a strict fluid restriction some time ago. Things like gelatin and gravy counted as fluid intake.

    Still, it's good to drink your water.
    Yep, and even chips have water in them, and <whispers> chocolate :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo59 View Post
    Yep, and even chips have water in them, and <whispers> chocolate :-)
    Does chocolate have enough water in it to affect your eyes like in this thread? I mean, obviously we're not talking about eliminating water entirely. That would be fatal.
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    moneyfornothin, thanks. Yes I did find a solution and my eyes are so much better now. For the most part chronic dry eyes are caused by the inflammation associated with hormone deficiency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICU2 View Post
    Does chocolate have enough water in it to affect your eyes like in this thread? I mean, obviously we're not talking about eliminating water entirely. That would be fatal.
    That's a serious case of dry eye. I guess he should have had drinking chocolate instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads View Post
    moneyfornothin, thanks. Yes I did find a solution and my eyes are so much better now. For the most part chronic dry eyes are caused by the inflammation associated with hormone deficiency.
    That's great to know, jads. It's always nice to read about someone who has found help here. Here's hoping that dry eyes are a thing of the past for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo59 View Post
    That's a serious case of dry eye. I guess he should have had drinking chocolate instead.
    I'll drink to that.

    Boy, if you really want to make your mouth water, do a search for pictures of hot chocolate.
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    I'll drink to that.

    Boy, if you really want to make your mouth water, do a search for pictures of hot chocolate.
    I guess this thread can help you to take care of dry eyes and a dry mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclelar View Post
    I'll drink to that.

    Boy, if you really want to make your mouth water, do a search for pictures of hot chocolate.
    What's that big square thing on top? Is that a marshmallow cube of some kind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield21 View Post
    What's that big square thing on top? Is that a marshmallow cube of some kind?
    It looks like a cube of herb butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo59 View Post
    It looks like a cube of herb butter.
    Herb butter and hot chocolate. Mmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICU2 View Post
    Does chocolate have enough water in it to affect your eyes like in this thread? I mean, obviously we're not talking about eliminating water entirely. That would be fatal.
    A dried out corpse, eeaugh. I'd much rather look at the girl in the bikini some more. She's got plenty of flesh on her bones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grind187 View Post
    apparently Omega-3 also helps with dry eye.
    You're right. I found this on a website called "dryeyeinfo.org" that says "Recently it was discovered that just like the electrolytes or salts in the blood are biologically active, the electrolytes in the tears are biologically active as well . . . Even more recently it has been found that dry eye can be helped by daily dietary supplementation of omega-3 essential fatty acids using [a] supplement with flaxseed and fish oils and vitamin E."

    The reason those ellipses ( . . . ) are up there in the quote is because the webmasters took the opportunity to plug their product, so if you go to that dry eye info page, be prepared for a commercial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grind187 View Post
    I also found this site dryeyezone.com/talk/forum.php and particularly dryeyezone.com/talk/forumdisplay.php?111-Our-dry-eye-triumphs

    which has users talking about what treatment worked for them.

    Seems people swear by castor oil.
    Sure, why not. Who ever heard of dry oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincePlanet View Post
    Sure, why not. Who ever heard of dry oil?
    Most oils don't have any water. hence the saying "oils and water don't mix".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo59 View Post
    Most oils don't have any water. Hence the saying "oils and water don't mix".
    Well, water isn't the only thing that soothes dryness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeriBrown View Post
    Well, water isn't the only thing that soothes dryness.
    Don't get any of that stuff in your eyes.

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    Drinking a lot of water is always good and keeps the body hydrated but if you suffer from allergies, or sat in front of a computer for long periods or exposed to AC etc, some factors just wage war on the eyes like no other. My eyes don't react well to many eye drops I've used. Think it's something to do with wearing contacts. I recently got sent a sample of this new product called eyesiccal, which was much softer on my eyes. Any recommendations on which drops to use? I'm currently using Blink.

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    if you are using eyeglasses then there is no need to do anything, but if you are using contact lens than you can use eye solutions to protect your eye from dryness...

    Quote Originally Posted by paulthomas View Post
    but some people likes eyeglasses then contact lens. Then what's the solution for them???

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    For your safety you should consult treatment options with an eye care specialist.

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    I am puttin in my eye since it is a dire t conduit to your brain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sokia View Post
    I am puttin in my eye since it is a dire t conduit to your brain?
    Did you say that your eyes are a direct conduit to your brain? For light, maybe, but not things like contact lenses and eye drops.

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    before using of eye drops and contact lenses, we have to consult with best eye care specialist.

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    The eye depends on the flow of tears to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of water, for moisture; oils, for lubrication; mucus, for even spreading; and antibodies and special proteins, for resistance to infection. These components are secreted by special glands located around the eye. When there is an imbalance in this tear system, a person may experience dry eyes.

    When tears do not adequately lubricate the eye, a person may experience:

    Pain
    Light sensitivity
    A gritty sensation
    A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye
    Itching
    Redness
    Blurring of vision
    Sometimes, a person with a dry eye will have excess tears running down the cheeks, which may seem confusing. This happens when the eye isn't getting enough lubrication. The eye sends a distress signal through the nervous system for more lubrication. In response, the eye is flooded with tears to try to compensate for the underlying dryness. However, these tears are mostly water and do not have the lubricating qualities or the rich composition of normal tears. They will wash debris away, but they will not coat the eye surface properly. In addition, because these emergency tears tend to arrive too late, the eye needs to regenerate and treatment is necessary.

    Treatments for dry eyes may include:

    Artificial tear drops and ointments. The use of artificial teardrops is the primary treatment for dry eye. Artificial teardrops are available over the counter. No one drop works for everyone, so you might have to experiment to find the drop that works for you. If you have chronic dry eye, it is important to use the drops even when your eyes feel fine, to keep them lubricated. If your eyes dry out while you sleep, you can use a thicker lubricant, such as an ointment, at night.


    Temporary punctal occlusion. Sometimes it is necessary to close the ducts that drain tears out of the eye. This is done via a painless procedure where a plug that will dissolve quickly is inserted into the tear drain of the lower eyelid. This is a temporary procedure, done to determine whether permanent plugs can provide an adequate supply of tears.


    Permanent punctal occlusion. If temporary plugging of the tear drains works well, then silicone plugs (punctal occlusion) may be used. The plugs will hold tears around the eyes as long as they are in place. They can be removed. Rarely, the plugs may come out spontaneously or migrate down the tear drain. Many patients find that the plugs improve comfort and reduce the need for artificial tears.


    Restasis. In 2002, the FDA approved the prescription eye drop Restasis for the treatment of chronic dry eye. It is currently the only prescription eye drop that helps your eyes increase their own tear production with continued use.


    Other medications. Other medications, including topical steroids, may also be beneficial in some cases.


    Surgery. If needed, the ducts that drain tears into the nose can be permanently closed to allow more tears to remain around the eye. This is done with local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. There are no limitations in activity after having this surgery.

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    Dry eyes are caused by a lack of tears or of certain tear components and can make your eyes feel hot and gritty and appear irritated.

    Reduced tear production occurs naturally with age but may also be caused by a medical condition or by the side effect of certain drugs. You may be able to reduce that dry, gritty feeling by:

    Applying artificial tears: You can use these lubricating drops as often as needed to provide relief.

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    My doctors at Killeen Vision Source suggest wearing sunglasses when outdoors to reduce exposure to sun, wind and dust. You may also want to try the kind that has a foam or other seal at the sides frame to keep wind and dust from getting behind the lenses and in your eyes.

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