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By Angela Young
Dry eyes is a condition caused by an imbalance to the tear duct system, causing an interruption in the normal process that keeps the eyes moisturized. This condition can be acute or chronic, and is caused by a number of things. A normal tear is made up of several components: water for moisture, oil for lubrication, mucus to help spread the liquid over the eye, and antibodies and proteins to help build a resistance against infection. When eyes are dry, this can lead to other symptoms and problems.
When dry eyes is present, the eyes are not properly moisturized and lubricated, causing a number of symptoms and potential problems. One symptom may be intermittent overflow of tears. When the eye is experiencing dryness, it creates an alert which leads to an abundance of tears that may even run down the face. One might assume that this could correct the problem, but when the proper mixture of oils and lubricants are not present, simple water will only wash away debris and not properly moisturize the eye. Other symptoms of dry eyes include:
When there is an imbalance in the flow of tears or certain portions of the eye are dried out, this may lead to dry eyes. Excessive exposure to dry air, such as that from air conditioning, heat or wind, can cause the eye to dry out and become temporarily unable to produce the proper mixture of tears. There are other conditions that may lead to dry eyes and a brief list follows:
Most often, diagnosis of dry eyes is based upon symptoms alone. Occasionally, a doctor will provide you with a questionnaire and the score will help to determine if dry eyes is indeed causing your symptoms. In more complicated cases, there are advanced tests available that measure tears. These can also be effective in diagnosing this condition.
There is no current cure for chronic or recurring dry eyes. There are, however, many treatment options that can relieve symptoms quite effectively. You should consider each of the treatment options and discuss them with a medical professional. Some cases may require more in-depth treatment.
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