Does herbal medicine for sleep worsen dry eye?
AUG 31, 2015
Does herbal medicine for sleep, e.g. valerium, chamomile, etc. worsen dry eye? Is it safe to take them with that condition?
Some prescription and herbal medications have "anticholinergic side-effects." These side-effects block the cholinergic receptors all throughout the body. Once these receptors are blocked, the body’s ability to secrete moisture is made difficult and dryness in mucous membranes such as the mouth or eyes can develop.
A number of other factors can contribute to dry eye moreso than herbal medications, such as prescription diuretics for high blood pressure, antihistamines, anti-seizure medications, and environmental factors such as air conditioners, fans, smoke, and contact lenses. An eye doctor can assess your risk factors for dry eye and help devise a treatment to make your eyes more comfortable.