Dry eye is a sore, gritty sensation caused by not enough tears being produced or an upset to the normal function of the eye affecting the quality of tears to form a protective tear film over the eye's delicate front surface.
Dry eye is common with ageing and is more common in women than men. It is associated with many conditions, medications, and not blinking enough while using the computer tablets or screens.
Tears are made up of three separate secretions: a sticky base layer, a watery mid layer and an oily top layer (which slows tear evaporation). Dry eye is a sore, gritty sensation caused by too little tear production or poor quality tears that form an inadequate film.
Normally tears form a protective film over the surface of the eye, lubricating movement and washing away debris and any toxins. Dry eye can be painful and cause sensitivity to bright light or open air and wind.Despite the name, the irritation of dry eye may trigger excessive tears. Dry eye may also redden the eyes, but it requires different treatment from allergic conjunctivitis and 'red eye'.
If there is an obvious cause, then treatment will aim to reduce or address this issue such as changing a medication, contact lenses or treating blepharitis. If you use a computer a lot, then you need to train yourself to blink more often!
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