You may not think about them very often, but your tears are essential for maintaining the health of your eyes. Your tears keep your eyes wet and smooth, help focus light so you can see, and protect your eyes from infections, dirt, and debris.
When your eyes don’t make enough tears or your tears are missing an essential component, you can develop dry eye disease. While painful and irritating symptoms alone are enough to seek relief, untreated dry eye disease can lead to long-term complications. At Total Vision, our priority is to help you achieve clear, comfortable vision for life. Call us today to book an appointment and find the relief you deserve.
The tear film is made of 3 distinct layers, each serving their own unique purpose:
The oily layer is the outermost part of the tear film. It keeps the tear surface smooth and prevents the tear from evaporating too quickly. The oily layer is produced in the meibomian glands.
So what causes problems with your tear film and tear production to begin with? We naturally produce fewer tears as we get older, primarily because of hormonal changes. This makes women especially susceptible to dry eye disease, but men can also get it.
Other causes of dry eye disease include:
Dry eye disease comes with irritating and painful symptoms like:
Treatment for dry eye disease varies depending on the exact root cause. If an underlying health condition causes dry eyes, managing the condition may provide you relief.
Otherwise, some common treatments for dry eyes include:
If you suffer from the painful symptoms of dry eye disease, don’t wait to find relief. Call us at Total Vision today for an appointment, and let us provide you with the solutions you need.
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