Eye dryness is an important disease to identify, diagnose and treat. If left untreated it can potentially cause permanent damage to the cornea, and this can cause permanent problems with your vision. As we age, the production of our tears slows down, that leads to two problems:
- Tear quantity – Lacrimal glands don’t make as many tears.
- Tear quality- Some of the other glands slow, such as those that produce oil.
This results in dry eye syndrome, with symptoms that include burning and a feeling of grittiness in the eyes. Other causes that includes dry eye syndrome are:
- Medications side effects (such as antihistamines or blood pressure medications)
- Underlying conditions (such as thyroid, diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis)
- Environment (exposure to dust, smoke, and other pollutants)
- Eye surgery
- Use of contact lenses
- Without blinking and looking at electronic gadgets for a long time
Treatment for dry eyes is pretty simple:
- People have dry eye symptoms but make enough tears
- warm compresses
- gentle eye massage to stimulate the oil glands on the lid margins.
- People who aren’t making enough tears
- artificial tears
- medicines that increase tear production, such as ophthalmic cyclosporine
If you’re again suffering from dry eyes, consult to your doctor for the proper medication and process.