The tear film is made of three layers:
An oily layer
A watery layer
A mucus layer
Each layer of the tear film serves a purpose and important for good vision and comfort.
Our eyes constantly make tears to stay hydrated. Sometimes the eyes produce too much or too little tears which causes an imbalance to one or more layers of the tear film. In those cases, we end up with dry eyes.
stinging or burning of the eye
a sandy or gritty feeling as if something is in the eye
episodes of excess tears following very dry eye periods
a stringy discharge from the eye
pain and redness of the eye
episodes of blurred vision
uncomfortable contact lenses
decreased tolerance of reading, working on the computer, or any activity that requires sustained visual attention
Dry eyes can be a chronic condition, but your optometrist can work with you to help identify treatment options. Schedule an appointment to speak with your optometrist about dry eyes today!