It has been observed that as many as 30% of people have dry eye. And chances are that you may be one of them. Dry eyes have certain symptoms such as itchy and tired eyes during the day, sensitivity when exposed to light, or blurred vision.
If your eyes are consistently red, feel itchy and nothing seems to work, you may be suffering from dry eye.
When you blink your eye, the glands of your eyelids squeeze small amount of oil onto the margin of your eyelids. The blinking motion distributes the oil to cover the watery layer and protect it from any amount of evaporation. When the glands get blocked, the production of oil reduces. This leads to evaporation of water layer, leaving your eye exposed and inflamed. The process is known as meibomian gland dysfunction, which is the main reason for dry eye in 86% of the cases. Let’s have a look at 3 main causes of dry eye.
When your eyes are not able to produce tears, it is not healthy for them. Aging can be a common cause of decreased tear production and LASIK surgery can cause a lifetime of dry eye symptoms. Excessive amount of screen time while playing video games, using other digital devices and lack of blinking can lead to dry eye in kids and young adults.
Just like the pH balance in the water of swimming pool, the eyes also need to maintain the balance of water, fatty oils, and mucous for keeping the infection out and keep the right moisture level on the ocular surface. When there is no salt in your tears, it’s a sign of ocular inflammation. Our eyes are unable to produce enough tears, which lead to dryness, itchiness, and variable vision.
When it comes to dry eyes, OTC eye drops can offer temporary relief. But it is a temporary solution. For a comprehensive treatment you must go through: