Our eyes depend on tears to flow continuously and provide moisture for vision and comfort. Tears are made of water - for moisture, oils - for lubrication, mucus - for even spreading, and certain proteins and antibodies for resistance to infection. Tears are secreted by special glands located around your eyes. When an imbalance occurs in your tear system, you may begin to experience what is known as dry eyes.
When your tears are not adequate enough to lubricate your eyes, you may experience pain, a gritty sensation - like small sand grains in your eye, a feeling that a foreign object is in your eye, redness of the eyes, and blurring of your vision.
Besides the imbalance in your tear flow system, temporary dry eye can be created by environmental conditions such as continuous heat fans and air conditioning, the sun - and minor bacteria introduced by ocean water. Those of us who live along the Newport Coast and south Orange County often experience temporary occurrences of Dry Eye because of the environmental conditions we live in.
Dry eye, as a condition, can also be caused by:
Clinical Dry eyes can be treated but not cured. Common approaches include the use of artificial teardrops, temporary or permanent plugging of the tear drains and in some cases, a procedure to close the ducts that drain tears into the nose.
If you are experiencing symptoms similar to those described, call our Newport Beach, CA clinic for a consultation and eye vision health checkup.
- the natural aging process
- side effects from certain medications such as antihistamines and birth control pills
- long term contact lens wearing
- diseases that affect the ability to make tears, such as Sjogren's syndrome
- structural eye problems that keep the eyes from closing properly or that affect tear ducts