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A brief insight on dry eyes.

March 12, 2012  by: AJAY  Points: 12   Category: Health  Earning $0.75   Views: 559

This article gives complete information on dry eyes problems. You will also get details about what is dry eyes, what causes dry eyes, symptomsof dry eyes, side effects of dry eyes, treatment of dry eyes etc. Moreover, certain do and don'ts about dry eyes and things to remember in dry eyes conditions are also provided along with this article.



Your human expressions and moral emotions are mostly revealed through your eyes. The water inside your eyes play an indispensable role to keep your eyes healthy and functioning for a long period of time. From the very moment one takes birth the natural process of formation of water inside the eyes starts. The number of times you blink the water inside your eyes create a coating over the cornea of the eyes. The coating protects the cornea of the eyes and keeps it healthy and functioning. A failure in the formation of the right quantity of water or coating to the cornea results in the problem of dry eyes.

What is dry eye?

There are many clinical and medical definitions of dry eyes. To put it in simple words, it is a condition in which your eyes do not produce tears in the right quantity to keep it healthy and functioning. The balance of moisture in your eyes are maintained by the amount of tear produce and tear drainage. There appears dry spots on the surface of the eyes if the balance gets disturbed.

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eye is caused when there is lack of formation of tears in the eyes. It is important to mention here that tears nourish and keep the front surface of the eyes moisturized. It is a very common problem that is found mostly among the people who are above the age of 40 years. This condition could even led to chronic problems. Though there are many causes for the formation of dry eyes, some of the significant ones are as mentioned below:

1) Lack of formation of water in the tear gland because of any given reason.

2) If there is any problem in the tear gland.

3) If the function of coating on the surface of the eyes are not carried out properly.

4) Due to the destruction in the tear gland because of certain auto-immune disease.

5) It can also occur because of constant glare on the computer or TV screen. This condition is medically termed computer vision syndrome.

6) Because of getting oneself exposed to high temperature condition like working in a furnace job etc.

7) Due to exposure to smoke or working in a smoky condition for long hours.

8) Living in a dry and hot condition

9) Exposing the eyes to the air-conditioner air or near a high speed fan.

Symptoms of dry eyes

The symptoms of dry eyes include the following conditions which are as given below:

1) Burning or stringing eyes

2) Feeling of irritation in the eyes

3) Eyes getting red or red eyes

4) Swelling of the eye lids

5) Problems in opening of the eyes

6) Problems in reading and writing for a long time.

7) Problems to sight in bright lights.

8) Evaporation of excess tears from the eyes

Side effects of dry eyes

Damage of cornea, corneal degeneration and corneal ulcer could arise from the side effects of dry eyes. Normally dry eyes do not cause dryness but if the cornea gets damaged one might lose the power of sight.

Treatment of dry eyes

If the problem of dry eyes detected at an early stage doctors recommend tear substitute eye-drops. In case of major problems some medicines are also prescribed by the doctors. Besides, to keep the moisture level of the eyes intact certain ointments are also given by them. In case of less formation of tears in the eyes, the tear channels are closed temporarily or permanently as the case may be, to maintain the tear balance within the eye. This process prevents dryness of the eyes to a certain extent.

DO's and Dont's

You need to have a proper knowledge about certain do''s and don''ts about the dry eyes problem which would help you to act accordingly. Make sure to do the things that are needed to be done so that you could get relief and your problems do not get out of your control. Here are the list of certain important things which you need to keep in your mind:

1) Keep away from smoke and temperature.

2) If you have the computer vision syndrome, make sure to move away from the computer from time to time and wash your eyes with clean and fresh water.

3) Avoid reading and writing in conditions which put pressure in your eyes.

4) Use photochromatic lens, sunglasses and cap while moving out under the sunlight. Buy sunglasses from a proper brand and it will help you by forming a seal against your eyes and protecting it from dust, smoke and heat.

Things to remember

1) Surgery is not a solution for dry eyes. It is only recommended in severe cases only.

2) If you wash your eyes with water you might get a feeling of irritation in your eyes. Therefore, you may use a wet cotton to clean your eyes.

3) You may have to use tear substitute throughout your life.

4) If a spot forms in the cornea of your eyes from dry eyes, it might lead you to lose you eye sight.

5) Take the help of a doctor as soon as possible if early signs of dry eyes persists.


Now-a-days, the problem of dry eye is increasing at a very great pace. According to health experts, the increase in the use of computers is one of the main reason for this problem. Besides, watching television for long hour is also one of the cause. Moreover, certain activities like driving, sewing etc puts constant pressure on the eyes are the other reasons for it. When you do these activities you often forget to blink your eye which is essential to get rid of debris from the eyes and keep it well lubricated. However, you can control this condition by drinking a lot of fresh water which would help to keep your eyes moist. Make sure to blink your eyes and avoid rubbing your eyes. Finally, consuming certain kinds of foods which are rich in fatty acids like fish oil and fishes like salmon would help the cause. Wheat, raisins, dates, figs, sunflower seeds etc should also be consumed to get relieved from this condition.

Author: Joina        
Posted Date: 03/14/2012    Points:1    

Nice article. Here you tried to give maximum information about dry eyes. Thanks a lot.
Author: ushakiran        
Posted Date: 03/14/2012    Points:2    

Another excellent and insightful article ! I had never given a serious thought to the problem of dry eyes.I am sure that our lifestyle has a lot to contribute to this problem...

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