Your eyes produce tears for a reason: to protect them from dust, debris and microorganisms. People with dry eyes, however, can suffer from eye irritation and inflammation due to the lack of moisture and lubrication on the surface of their eye.
Read on as Clear View Vision Care explains what causes dry eyes in today’s post.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Tears provide lubrication in your eyes, which spread across the surface of the eye. Excess tears will then flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corner of the eyelids. Dry eyes syndrome, however, occur when there’s an imbalance between tear production and drainage. This is due to age, other medical conditions or as a side effect of certain medicines.
Apart from the inadequate amount of tear fluid, dry eye syndrome may also be caused by poor quality of tears. A normal tear film consists of three important components—the lipid, aqueous and mucin—produced by meibomian glands, lacrimal glands and goblet cells, respectively. Deficits in any of these tear film components can result in dry eyes.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes?
People with dry eyes may experience an aching and burning sensation. Their eyes may also be itchy and sore. Reflex tearing may also occur as a form of protective mechanism, but the tears do not stay long to keep the surface of the eye moist. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your vision care specialist for comprehensive eye exams.
How Can You Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?
Eye care specialists may suggest different dry eye treatment options, but two of the most effective methods are the Lipiview® and Lipiflow® systems. These involve painless dry eye management which helps restore the natural oil flow to the tear film that covers the eye’s surface.
Count on Clear View Vision Care to help treat your dry eyes. We can also detect other vision problems, such as myopia and age-related macular degeneration. Call us today at (520) 394-6111 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Tucson, AZ.