Get Your Dry Eye Relief The Natural Way
Everyone experiences eye dryness at one time or another. Windy weather can whisk away lubricating tears or time in front of a computer screen (when people do not blink often enough) prevents moisture from bathing the eye. However, dryness has a number of other causes.
• An insufficient quantity of tears is often a byproduct of growing older or using certain medications, such as those which treat high blood pressure, allergies, and depression.
• A number of medical conditions are also culprits. Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disorder characterized by dry eyes, weakness, and joint pain), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyes’ surface) contribute to the condition.
• Since tears consist of three components, a layer of water sandwiched between an oily layer that keeps the water from evaporating and a mucus layer that ensures that tears spread evenly, an insufficiency of any of them can bring on dryness.
• Women experience dry eyes more than men, primarily due to fluctuations in hormone levels caused by pregnancy, oral contraception use, and menopause.
• Extended use of contact lenses and refractive eye surgery like LASIK can lessen tear production.
Treating ocular dryness is vital. Corneal scarring and ulceration can result from untreated dry eyes as can vision loss. For some affected individuals, driving, reading, and taking part in other activities that require eyesight become a major challenge. (One sufferer had difficulty with the eye exam when she renewed her driver’s license.)