How To Relieve Dry Eye Syndrome Naturally

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2006-08-02 08:44

Dry Eyes

Every time we blink, our eyelids spread tears over our eyes to lubricate, moisturize and wash dust and debris from them. Tears are secreted by specialized glands located around the eye and are essential for their maintenance and health. Tears are made up of a combination of water (for moisture), oil (for lubrication), mucus (for even spreading), and antibodies (to resist infections). If there is an imbalance in our tear production system, we can suffer from dry eyes.

People who have dry eyes often experience burning, itching or irritation that tends to worsens as the day goes by. Some individuals describe the sensation as if there is something in their eye. Other indicators of dry eye include redness, scratchiness, blurred vision that improves with blinking, and excessive tearing.

It is estimated that approximately ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes. In fact, it is the number one reason people see their eye doctors. There are many reasons why someone can have dry eyes. Bottom line, it occurs when we don't have enough tears, the composition of our tears is incorrect, or our tears are not lubricating our eyes correctly.

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