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Treatment of Dry Eyes or Watery Eyes

Treatment of Dry Eyes or Watery Eyes

Tears play a significant role in the proper function of eyes. It is a scientific fact that eyes depend on tear flow, which works like a lubricant, keeps the vision clear, keeps foreign obstacles away, and maintains comfort in the eyes. Tears consist of a combination of water (provides moisture), oils (work as lubricants), special proteins and antibodies (keep infections away), and mucus (spreads water, oils, and antibodies evenly in the eyes).

Special glands secrete these components around the eye. At any point, if an imbalance occurs in the tear system, then a person will experience watery eyes, or dry eyes. When tear glands don’t lubricate the eye adequately, you may experience:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Gritty sensation
  • Pain
  • Itch
  • Redness
  • Blurry vision
  • The feeling of foreign body in the eye such as sand.

Causes

Apart from an imbalance in the tear system of the eye, there can be other reasons why dry eyes result. Dry air from HVAC systems, and other conditions could be the cause, including:

  • Side effects of drugs like birth control pills, and antihistamines
  • Menopause in women (a natural process of aging)
  • Diseases that affect the eyes and their ability to produce tears
  • Problems in eyelids, which don’t allow them to close properly

Treatment of Dry or Watery Eyes

There isn’t a precise cure for dry eyes; however, a number of preventive measures can help with treatment. In the worst cases, it is best that you consult an eye care specialist or local optometrist.

  • Ointments and teardrops: artificial teardrops are available in many options today. Each one can vary for people. If you have dry eyes in a chronic stage, use teardrops, which can help to lubricate them. In case your eyes dry while you sleep, you can use thicker substances to lubricate them like ointments.
  • Lipiflow: This medical device uses pressure and heat on the eyelids. It helps to open blocked glands in the eyelids.
  • Restasis: Recently, Restasis approved by FDA is one of the best treatments for chronic dry or watery eyes. It can help the eyes to increase the production of tears on its own (with continuous use of the eye drops).

Other treatments include the use of steroid eye drops, oral intake of omega-3 (fish oil), and intake of healthy meals with nutrients.

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