Tired of Dealing with Dry Eyes? How Cooper Eye Center Can Help

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Although we associate tears with strong emotions, they are actually a critical part of eye health. Each time you blink, special tears, called basal tears, spread across your eyes, keeping them nourished, moist, lubricated, and clean.

When you have dry eyes, which may be chronic, you either don’t have enough tears, or your tears don’t have all the necessary components to keep your eyes lubricated and clean.

The composition of a basal tear

You probably haven’t ever thought about what a tear contains, but they are actually quite complex. There are three layers of a tear:

With every blink, this complex and critical mixture delivers just what your eye needs to function properly and comfortably. If the composition of your tears changes, you may experience dry eyes. And, if you’re not producing enough tears, your eyes will be dry.

Causes of dry eye

There are many factors that could affect the number or composition of your tears, including:

There are additional potential causes of dry eyes, such as using contact lenses for too long, or certain surgeries. Some conditions can cause your eyelids to become inflamed, which in turn, can lead to dry eyes.

Treating dry eyes

When you come to Cooper Eye Center, our staff will examine your eyes, talk to you about your medical history, and determine the cause of your dry eyes. The treatment plan we suggest is always based on your individual situation.

Some common treatment approaches include:

There are a few things you can do to try and ease the discomfort of dry eyes, as well. For example, some people find relief from placing a warm, damp cloth over their eyes for a few minutes each day.

You may also want to try setting a timer to remind yourself to look away from your screen for five minutes every 20 minutes or so. This provides your eyes some relief, and helps to stimulate tear production.

If you’re experiencing dry, itchy eyes, book an appointment online or by phone at Cooper Eye Center today. There are treatment options that can restore your comfort!

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