Tears help to moisten and lubricate the eyes which aids in proper vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of water, oils, mucus, antibodies and certain types of special proteins. When the proper production of tears is hampered an individual could experience dry eyes. Dry eyes could be a result of the natural aging processes, certain diseases and medications or if there are any problems with the eye or eyelids.
HOW IS DRY EYES DIAGNOSED?
Dry eyes can be tested through a lot of different methods, which include optician testing in a clinical set up or environment. There are other manual tests implemented to check or diagnose the problem of dry eyes too.
HOW IS DRY EYES TREATED?
There is no cure for dry eyes but measures such as the use of artificial tear drops and ointments can result in reduced discomfort to the individual. The use of certain medications such as steroid eye drops and increasing the amount of fish oil or a diet rich in omega-3 could help those with dry eyes.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated properly, dry eyes can lead to inflammation of the cornea which is a potential vision threat.