In order to maintain vision and comfort the eye requires a certain amount of tears to provide constant moisture. Our tears are made up of water, for moisture; oils, for lubrication; mucus, for even spreading; antibodies and special proteins, for resistance to infection. These components are evenly secreted by their various glands located around the eye. If for some reason there is an imbalance in the tear system, one may experience dry eyes.
Below are a few symptoms of a person who may be experiencing inadequately lubricated eyes:
An abnormal amount of tears running down your face happens because the eye realises that it is not getting enough lubrication so it sends a distress signal to the nervous system, and in turn completely floods the eye. The problem is these tears, they are merely water. They are not rich with the necessary components to sufficiently lubricate the eyes.
Apart from the usual day to day environmental conditions which could cause dry eye such as air conditioning or heat, there are a number of other conditions that may occur such as:
While dry eye cannot be cured, below are a few steps you can take to treat them.
Above are treatment options which you should discuss with your eye care specialist. Pop in to any Vision Works and chat to one of our eye care specialist. Love your eyes… It’s the right thing to do!