Are you one of those people that constantly feel like your eyes are on fire that you can barely open them? If so, you aren’t alone as dry eye syndrome affects millions of us everyday, especially those older than 40 years of age.
So what exactly causes dry eye syndrome? Well, this common disorder of the normal tear film results from decreased tear production, excessive tear evaporation, and an abnormality in the production of mucus or lipids normally found in the tear layer, or a combination of these.
Poor production of tears by the tear glands may be a result of age, hormonal changes, or various autoimmune diseases. In addition certain medications including antihistamines and antidepressants may also cause a decrease in tear production.
Now that we know what could possibly cause your eyes from becoming dry, here are a few ways to combat the issue and treat the problem:
- Adding a Humidifier: A humidifier puts more moisture into the air. With more moisture in the air, tears evaporate more slowly, keeping the eyes more comfortable and less dry.
- Hot Compresses and Eyelid Scrubs: By putting a hot compress over your eyes with baby shampoo may help in providing a thicker, more stable lipid later – which means eyes that are less dry.
- Artificial Tears and Lubricating Eye Drops: Sold over the counter, artificial tears and lubricating eye drops can help provide moisture and lubrication for the surface of the eye.
- Blinking and Closing Your Eyes: If you do a lot of work in front of the computer, read books and watch a lot of TV you may experience dry eyes. To combat this you may want to try closing your eyes or increase your blinking for 10 seconds every five to ten minutes. This will help your eyes become more moist and comfortable again.
Dry eyes can be frustrating and annoying. Luckily though, it is treatable. Everybody though is different and a consultation with your eye doctor should be taken before you commit to any specific action.