The Fix for Dry Eyes

The Fix for Dry Eyes

For many that use contact lenses on a daily basis, those tiny pieces of plastic can cause many to experience eyes so dry that they feel like they’re being sucked right out of their sockets. However, many may not know that it’s not the contacts that cause dry eye syndrome. It is exactly that, a syndrome, and at least a quarter of most vision patients have some degree of eye dryness. In this article, we will take a look at why this occurs, and how it can be fixed.

The Eyes Have the Answer

Our eyes have a few sources of moisture. One of these sources is the lacrimal gland that is found in the upper outer quadrant of our eyes. This gland produces tears if you cry or get something stuck in your eye. The two other sources within our eye include a network of glands that are embedded in the conjunctiva, and this produces water and mucus. The last source of moisture in our eyes is the glands at the edge of our eyes that produce oily substances. When putting it all together, water, mucus, and oil from all of these sources make up the film of tears on our eye surface.

No More Tears?

If you are currently experiencing a slowdown of tear production, a lot of it can be contributed back to your advancement and age. However, it isn’t just aging that can cause dry eye symptoms. Other causes can include:

  • Side effects from medications, including antihistamines or blood pressure medications
  • Eye Surgery
  • Underlying conditions (such as thyroid problems, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis; Sjögren’s syndrome, an immune system disorder, or Parkinson’s disease)
  • Your environment (exposure to dust, smoke, and other pollutants)
  • Looking at electronic screens too long without blinking (depriving your eyes of an opportunity to replenish the tear film)
  • Use of Contact Lenses

Don’t Let Your Dry Eyes Go Untreated

The best course of action to take when you are experiencing a chronic eye problem, like dry eyes, is to come to your local eye professional’s office as soon as possible. We at Georgia Vision Center have been serving the people of Hiawassee, GA for some time now and there is a reason our patients keep coming back time and time again. We strive to be a reliable resource for those that need help with their eyes. If you are currently experiencing dry eye symptoms or would like to schedule a consultation appointment, give our office a call today!

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