The skinny on Chronic Dry Eye
It can start with sensations in your eyes that just bug you. And they don’t seem to go away…at least not for long.
Not everyone has the same symptoms…and people describe their symptoms all sorts of different ways. It’s like how you can call a cloudy day overcast, dreary, or gloomy…but with Chronic Dry Eye, people use words like “dry,” “itchy,” “irritated,” and “watery”…even blurry vision at times.
You might describe a feeling of grittiness, like there’s sand in your eyes…Ouch!
Some people say Chronic Dry Eye can even cause too many tears. Weird, right?
So, what’s behind these symptoms?
Let’s break it down: a healthy ocular surface starts with healthy tears. Normally, your eyes are bathed by tears all day long. These tears are kinda fancy – they’re a complex, 3-layered fluid: there’s a watery layer, an outer oily layer to prevent the tears from evaporating too soon, and a slippery inner layer to help the tears spread evenly over the surface of your eyes.
If any of these layers aren’t working properly, your tears become unstable, dry spots can develop, and the surface of your eyes can become stressed. Eye stress can also result from factors like wearing contact lenses, aging, and staring too long at screens like the one you’re staring at now. (Sorry about that!)
When the surface of your eyes is stressed, your immune system tends to respond with inflammation.
Think of it this way: you know the “-itises”…arthritis, bursitis, laryngitis…they’re all conditions affected by inflammation. Chronic Dry Eye is pretty similar – inflammation plays a key role.
So you have stress on the surface of your eyes causing inflammation, which becomes another form of stress, which leads to more inflammation. And those unstable tears we talked about earlier? They probably aren’t helping.
Artificial tears may provide some relief, but it’s temporary. And for some people, Chronic Dry Eye can get worse over time.
That’s why now is the time to show your eyes some love…some eyelove®. Give your eye doctor a call. Your eyes will be so happy, they’d hug you if they could.
Show your eyes some eyelove®.
Visit myeyelove.com and chat with your eye doctor.