Dry eye is a common condition in the eyes. It occurs when there are problems with the tear film. The tear film is a transparent liquid that covers the eye's surface and allows them to move easily in their sockets.
The tear film is a mixture of water, protein, and oil. These glands are found in the skin around your eyes. Dry eyes can occur when the meibomian cells aren't functioning properly. This causes the tears to not get enough oil into them. Dry eyes can also occur when the tear films drain too fast from the surface
Dry eye is a condition that affects the eyes differently. While most people experience a brief episode of dry eye at some point in their lives, others will suffer from chronic dry eyes. Dry eyes are more common if you have the following:
Are you over 50
Wear contact lenses
You can spend time on digital devices, even without taking breaks.
Spend a lot of time in dry, dusty, or windy areas
Do not consume alcohol frequently or excessively
Conditions such as lupus, blepharitis or Sjogren's syndrome.
Certain medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure, should be taken.
Dry Eyes: What Are The Signs?
A dry eye could be a sign of dryness.
Itchy, irritated skin
Watering too much (a response from your body to flood your eyes in poor quality tears film)
Sensitivity to light
Tips for Dry Eyes
You can do many things to reduce dry eye symptoms and prevent them from affecting your life. These are:
Maintaining clean eyes
Blepharitis can worsen dry eye. This condition is characterized by inflammation of the eyes and can be caused by blockages near the base or eyelashes. Blepharitis can be treated by cleaning your eyelids frequently. This will reduce dryness and irritation.
Take regular breaks from the computer.
We recommend frequent breaks if you use digital devices to reduce dry eyes. The 20/20/20 rule states that every 20 minutes, you should take a break to look at something at least twenty feet away for 20 seconds. This allows the eye's focusing abilities to relax and encourages regular blinking. Screens make this difficult.
Use a humidifier
Humidifiers add moisture to the air and can reduce dryness.
Dry eyes can make it difficult to insert or remove contact lenses and make wearing them uncomfortable. We recommend that you change to glasses as soon as your symptoms improve.
Ask your eye doctor about treatment.
Many treatments can be used to relieve dry eyes. First, your eye doctor may examine you to determine if any of your medications contribute. If so, an alternative treatment may be recommended. Your eye doctor may recommend only trying one treatment to determine the most effective for your symptoms. There are many options: