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Dry Eyes Symptoms & Causes

Know more about dry eyes so that you can do more to help yourself.

Dry Eyes can be caused by problems with any one of the three essential components in the tear film that combine to protect, lubricate and nourish the surface of the eye. When the tear film breaks down too quickly, dry patches appear and even frequent blinking is unable to maintain the essential tear film protection. Conjunctivitis (inflamed, red) Dry Eyes mean it can be difficult to concentrate on anything else.

1. Common Dry Eye symptoms:

  • Foreign body / gritty irritation
  • Soreness / burning
  • Conjunctivitis (Inflamed Redness & Swollen appearance)
  • Eye-watering (poor tears are often excessively watery)
  • Blurred vision and difficulty in reading
  • Increased sensitivity / pain to bright light
  • Sticky mucus debris around the eyelids on first waking

2. Dry Eyes are caused by problems in the production of:

  • Sticky Mucin is made on the eye surface to help the other tear layers remain on the eye
  • Watery tears are produced by the Lacrimal glands which are located beneath the eye brows
  • Oily Meibum, secreted at each blink by the Meibomian Glands located between the eyelashes, forms the outer layer of the tear film that helps reduce tear evaporation

3. The causes may be temporary:

  • Environmental conditions such as dust, smoke, wind
  • Dried air (air-conditioning, central heating and car heaters)
  • Prolonged gazing at TV or computer screens reduces blink rate from the normal average of 24 to as little as 7 times per minute

4. ...or continuous:

  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
  • Aging, especially over 45 years old
  • Hormone change related dryness
  • Chronic conditions such a Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens syndrome, Thyroid eye and Parkinson's diseases
  • Side effects of other medications
  • Allergies
  • Contact lenses
  • Damage to the eye’s surface from LASIK, laser surgery or accidental injury

Summary

  • Most people suffer from Dry Eye symptoms at some stage in their lives but the condition can become continuous for many men and women, especially after 45 years of age
  • Ophthalmologists, GPs and Optometrists prescribe from a range of treatments that patients need to try. They can also be obtained directly and from this web site

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