Dry Eye is a condition in which the eye lacks sufficient tear production to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are vital in maintaining a healthy environment for your eyes and creating clearer vision. They help to reduce the risk of eye infection, provide nutrients to the cells of the cornea, wash away foreign matter that may come in contact with the eye, and they help to keep the ocular surface smooth and clear.
Healthy tears contain a complex mixture of proteins and other components which are essential for ocular health and comfort. An imbalance in the components can contribute to lack of tears.
Your eye doctor may suggest using a humidifier which puts more moisture into the air. With more moisture in the air, tears evaporate more slowly, keeping the eyes more comfortable. Adding lubricating drops such as artificial tears can help to provide your eyes with needed moisture. Another option to treat dry eye may be punctal plugs. Speak to your specialist today to determine if this is a suitable treatment option for you. More serious cases may require surgical intervention.
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