Tears Play Vital Role in Health and Function of the Eyes
Tears serve as the eyes’ first line of defense against irritants like dust and germs, washing them away with every blink. They also enable eyes to turn and swivel comfortably. For the team at Abrams Eye Institute, making sure our patients don’t have issues with tear production is a top priority during exams. When the tears do run dry, eyes are left itchy, irritated, red, and sometimes swollen.
Millions of adults in the US alone suffer from dry eye. So why does this happen and what people to to help themselves with dry eye issues? And what can Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute do to help those with dry eye challenges that cannot be solved on their own?
Causes Of Dry Eye
The tear film in eyes has a specific composition, consisting of an outer oily layer, a watery layer, and a mucous layer. There are several ways it can be disrupted, each resulting in dry eye. The overall tear production can decrease, tear evaporation can increase due to a disruption of the oily layer, or the composition can become imbalanced. These problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Medications like antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, birth control pills, and others
- Advancing age
- Autoimmunie disorders
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy and after menopause
- Dry, windy, or smoky environments like we have here in Southern Nevada
- Seasonal allergies
- Long periods spent staring at a screen, which can reduce blinking frequency
Relief For Dry Eyes
Whatever the cause is behind dry eye, it’s important to treat it so that it doesn’t have a chance to get worse. Dry eyes are more vulnerable to getting scratched and infected, and without enough tears, vision can become blurred. If your dry eye is the result of too much screen time, try to take frequent breaks and remember to blink normally. Abrams offers more tips for smarter use of electronics in this blog post. For other causes, artificial tears (eye drops) are a great solution.
Improving the production of tears, and reducing risks for dry eye, can be done by incorporating more foods rich in Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids into the diet, such as liver, carrots, broccoli, fish, and walnuts. These are important nutrients for eye health and tear production. Those with dry eyes might also want to switch from contact lenses to glasses.
Check out this video for a great tip on stimulating tear production at home:
Come See the Team at Abrams Eye Institute
Your best chance of getting your tears flowing again is to come see us so that we can determine the cause of your dry eye and find the treatment that will give you the best results through our Dry Eye Center. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you with your vision. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.