By Madonna Jeffries
Our eyes need to be coated with moisture so as to function
properly. It is easy to compare our eyes and the need for a
lubricant to coat the eye ball to that of a motor, where as a
comparison a lubricant (usually oil) is needed so as to ensure
the moving parts work properly. As we know if a motor was
required to perform without the parts being well lubricated it
would only take a short time before the non-lubricated moving
parts would suffer from abrasions. In situations where our eyes
do not have enough lubricant the condition is known as ‘Dry
Dry eye, or dry eye syndrome as it is often known, is a medical
condition that occurs when the sufferer’s eyes lack the correct
formation of lubricant. Usually the lubricant is in the form of
tears and dry eye is as a result of the body not producing
sufficient quantities of tears to oil the eyes and make them
relaxed. This condition is more prevalent amongst older people.
In America alone around 30 to 40 million people suffer from dry
eye syndrome. About three quarters of sufferers have fairly mild
cases, however many of the remaining 10 million or so sufferers
experience extremely serious cases of the affliction.
One of the very important aspects of dry eye care is having the
sufferer understand the symptoms associated with the condition
and address the problem correctly. As a guide most people
suffering from this problem usually experience constant
irritation, their eyes ache and they experience a burning
sensation as well as a grainy feel in on and around the eyes.
If you suffer from this condition it is important that you
undertake an eye care program as soon as possible because if the
eyes go untreated it can possibly result in more serious
problems occurring in the future. These serious symptoms can
include scarring, infection of the cornea and in the most severe
of cases even permanent loss of vision. It is vitally important
that dry eye syndrome be treated because failure to do so may
result in serious consequences.
Dry eye care starts with preventative measures to ensure
adequate moisture is present in the eyes. If you have noticed
that you have a distinct lack of moisture in your eyes it is
recommended that you take steps to avoid the use of hair driers,
use glasses to deflect wind from the eye region, avoid extremely
warm rooms and of course avoid smoke. Other preventative
measures include wearing glasses rather than contact lenses,
using a manmade tear ointment at night before going to bed and
use humidifiers in rooms that have been heated.
From Dry To Damp
When Dry Eye Syndrome cannot be prevented, your dry eye care
should include treating the eyes with formulated eyedrops. Many
brands of effective eyedrops can be bought over the counter and
do not require a doctor’s prescription. In essence these drops
work as fake tears. Currently a great deal of scientific
research is being undertaken to develop more advanced
medications for the treatment of this eye condition.
In more serious cases the eye’s cornea becomes terribly
irritated. In some of these situations the use of
anti-inflammatory agents are encouraged to combat the condition.
An effective dry eye care remedy for short-term usage only,
includes topical steroids as an ingredient in the eye drops.
However, it is not recommended that these compounds be used over
an extended time frame because of the known side effects.
As part of the modern treatment regime researchers are trying
to find out ways of restricting the extent of the eyes swelling,
instead of just oiling the eye’s surface. They have developed a
number of methods to reduce the dry eye condition, including one
method where the doctor attempts to close the channels from the
eye to the nose. Another method involves using very small plugs
to control the speed and volume of the flow of tears as they
drain from the eyes.
So if you think that you may suffer from this syndrome and are
in need of dry eye care please consult your doctor for advice on
preventative measures as well as effective treatment for your
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