You might have never thought what’s in a tear.Unlike popular belief, it doesn’t just contain water; it also consists of mucus and oils for lubrication, as well as special proteins and antibodies that keep infection away. Together, these ingredients make a tear, which comes out from the glands near your eyes to keep them hydrated. If you have dry eyes, it means that your glands are unable to produce the tears necessary to keep your eyes moisturized.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition which basically describes dry eyes caused by either diminished tear production or poor quality tears. In a nutshell, the tear glands do not produce enough tears to lubricate the eye, which leads to an uncomfortable and painful condition.
Causes of Dry Eyes
Occasionally, you may find your tear-flow system go out of order. In some cases, your heater, air conditioner or other environmental factors could dry out your tear film. Other causes of dry eyes include:
- Certain medications
- Contact lenses
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Tear evaporation
- Other factors such as smoking or drinking lots of coffee
Symptoms of Dry Eyes Include:
- Feeling that something is stuck in the eye
- Dry, scratchy,and painful sensation
- Redness in the eyes
- Generation of mucus around or in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Fatigued eyes
Artificial Tears for Dry Eye Treatment
Sometimes dry eyes are caused due to prolonged exposure to computer screens, school work, excessive reading, and other such circumstantial factors. To resolve dry eyes from these situations,artificial tear drops come handy.
Artificial tears are one of the most common treatments for dry eyes. These eye drops are available both over-the-counter as well as the optometrist’s office, and consist ofthe variety of ingredientsneeded to help moisturize the eyes.
Certain artificial tears have low viscosity, and are basically watery and light.This type of artificial tearsprovides instant relief without blurring vision. However, their effect is short-lived. There are alsoartificial tears with a higher viscosity. These are gel-based and provides longer-lasting lubrication. Needless to say, it causes blurred vision.
AtBlink Eyewear in Calgary, we offer the ultimate combination of expert eye care for dry eye treatment. Our experienced and highly-trained physicians will assess your eyes and see what treatment is best for you.