If My Eyes Are Dry, Then Why Do They Always Water?
How We See It
The glands in the eye are responsible for making sure that the eye is always lubricated and nourished. The lacrimal glands, located in the upper eyelids, ensure that eyes are washed with tears each time you blink. These tears keep dust, pollen and other foreign objects away from the eyes. The tears are then discharged either through evaporation or by means of tear ducts in the eyes. However, when there is an imbalance in the levels of water, salt and oil in the eye it can cause the eyes to dry. This results in irritation of the eye, leading to increased secretion of tears, and in turn, watery eyes. Ironically, overwatering is one of the more common symptoms of dry eye. If you have been asking, “Why are my eyes watering so much?” then it may be time to consult an eye doctor.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye symptoms occur when the surface of the eye does not receive adequate moisture or lubrication. If you often experience redness, or a burning, itching sensation in the eye for a long period, then you may be suffering from symptoms of dry eye.
One of the predominant causes of dry eyes is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Caused when the meibomian glands in the eyes do not function properly, the optimal level of oil secreted by the meibomian glands is not met, resulting in poor lubrication of the eye surface. While you may not able prevent the occurrence of MGD, proper hygiene can take you a long way by keeping bacterial growth in the eye at a minimum. The good news is that dry eye as a result of MGD does not pose a threat to your vision. However, the discomfort caused by the condition can make everyday contact wear and overall eye function more difficult, so treatment is necessary.
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye as a result of MGD is treated differently on a case-by-case basis. Some treatments that your doctor may suggest include:
- Oral antibiotic or topical cream/eye drop prescriptions to kill bacteria
- Use of warm compresses on a daily basis
- Unblocking the meibomian glands
- Use of artificial tears
- LipiFlow Treatment
The skilled practitioners in the Vision Source North Carolina network are committed to providing the most in eye care to each individual patient. If your eyes are often irritated and dry or you think you may be experiencing symptoms of dry eye, contact a Vision Source NC practice near you. Your local Vision Source NC doctor can provide you with the treatment that best addresses your needs.