Your teardrop is made of…
In the healthy eye, the surface of the eye is coated with a thin layer of tears. The tear film keeps the eye moist and comfortable while it is open.
Each blink sweeps the tear film away and replaces it with fresh tears. Normally, a person blinks every 10 seconds or so.
Your tears are more than just water, there are oil and mucus layers in them too.The outer oily layer made by glands inside your eyelids called meibomian glands helps keep the middle watery layer from evaporating too quickly, while the mucus one spreads the tears evenly over the surface of the eye.
Trouble with your tears
Dry eye occurs when the production of tears decreases, its evaporation increases, or composition is imbalanced failing to keep the surface of the eye adequately moisturized and lubricated. Experts estimate dry eye is one of the most frequent causes of visits to the doctor. Fortunately, dry eye symptoms are treatable.
What is making your Dry Eyes worse?
Symptoms of dry eye can range from mild and occasional to severe and continuous. Find out what causes and makes your dry eye worse.
Your eyes are dry …What you can do ?
Dry eye is more than just uncomfortable, it may affect your vision. Consult your doctor to find out the cause of your Dry eye and treat any underlying issue or disease.
The following simple tips can bring welcome relief to your sore eyes.
- Limit screen time as much as possible. Do the following during screen time
- The 20/20/20/rule, take a 20-second break from your digital device every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.
- Blink repeatedly for a few seconds to help replenish and spread your tears.
- Hold your device at an arm length from your eyes, most people hold their devices only 20 to 30 cm away .
- Increase text size.
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around the face and have side shields, this helps protect your eyes from winds and dry air which cause tears to evaporate more quickly.
- Over-the-counter topical medications such as artificial tears, gels, and ointments may treat mild dry eye symptoms.
- Avoid eyeliner on the inner eyelid rim as it may interfere with mebomian glands.
- Stop smoking and avoid exposure to passive smoking.
- Including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet may help keep your eyes moist.
- Avoid air blowing toward your eyes from your hair dryer, air conditioner, or fan.
- Using a humidifier and a filter can add moisture to dry indoor air. An air cleaner that filters dust and other particles may also help prevent dry eyes.