There are 2 types of dry eyes (or chronic dry eyes). They are both common eye infections.
The first type of dry eye occurs when there is a deficiency in tear production, which means you’re not able to provide enough lubrication to your eyes.
The second type of dry eye is tear evaporation caused by the meibomian glands becoming inflated. You can find these glands within the eye lids which produce the oily part of the tear.
They can happen due to many reasons for example, if your eyes do not produce enough tears or if your eyes are not producing quality tears. However, always be sure to apply eye drops the correct way.
It can get really irritating when experiencing dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, there is a likely chance that your eyes may sting or burn. There are situations where you may experience dry eyes, such as in an air-conditioned room, airplanes, whilst riding a cycle or due to looking at a computer screen for a few hours without taking a break.
Having treatment done would be the best option as it will make you feel far more comfortable.
You may have dry eyes if your eyes feel:
The following are some risk factors that people with dry eyes could suffer from:
Eye infections – without enough tears, there is an increased risk of eye infections. This is because your tears protect the surface of your eyes.
Damage to the surface of your eyes – if left untreated, dry eyes can lead to severe eye inflammation, abrasion of the corneal surface corneal ulcer and vision problems.
Decreased quality of life – Dry eyes can lead to your every day tasks, such as reading become very difficult to do.
A pharmacist may be able to help with your dry eyes. Some of the things they will be able to tell you include:
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