Dry Eye Guide

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Eyes constantly produce tears leaving them covered in fluid.  Tears are made up of water, oil, and the whites of our eyes produce a mucus. This mixture creates a tear film. This tear film is reinforced when you blink and by remaining consistent, prevents eyes from becoming dry.  This enables eye to feel comfortable and for vision to remain clear.  If the tear glands do not produce tears efficiently the tear film becomes unstable and dry areas appear on the eyes surface.  A lack of lubrication and moisture can make eyes feel very uncomfortable, look wrinkley and is known as dry eye syndrome. By wearing sunglasses you can help to reduce the speed at which the tears evaporate. Applying eye drops will help lubrication and small plugs can be inserted into the tear ducts to slow down tear loss.

Also see: Blepharitis, Blepharoconjunctivitis, Computer Vision Syndrome, Conjunctivitis, Cranial Nerve Palsy, Dacryoadenitis, Meibomianitis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Trauma.

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