The lack of adequate amount of water in your eyes' tear film can cause you to develop dry eyes. The fact that enough water is essentially not being produced in the tear film denies the ocular epithelium of your eyes the support it needs on your eyes' outside layer of cells. Without this support, the normal tear film composition is altered. Tears become hypertonic with a higher degree of osmotic pressure, which results in osmotic stress.
What Is Osmotic Stress?
When molecules in solution that's in the outside layer cells differ from what's inside the cells, osmotic cells develop. Cells on your eyes' cornea then automatically lose cell water and the process of dry eyes begin. The cells begin absorbing sodium and potassium solutes from the environment to counter for the water loss. The water loss creates a chemical imbalance of tears in your eyes, which could damage and malnourish your eyes' ocular surface. This is a real possibility unless the cells are replenished with compatible solutes. Compatible solutes builds up osmotic strength within the cells.
Treating Dry Eyes
If you suffer from mild symptoms of dry eyes, over-the-counter artificial tears are generally recommended to address the condition. However, if you have serious dry eye symptoms, then your physician will try to find out what's causing your specific symptoms. Treatments could also be administered to improve the quality of your tears, and tear duct issues are examined.
Surgical Plugging Of Your Tear Ducts
Your doctor may choose a treatment that prevents rapid loss of tears from your eyes. This can be done through surgical intervention by partially or completely closing your tear duct. In that case, removable punctal plugs can be used to plug your tear ducts, according to a website article. Thermal cautery that uses heat can also be used to permanently plug your tear ducts.
Blocked Oil Glands Treatment For Dry Eyes
Since blocked oil glands could possibly cause dry eyes condition to develop, unblocking the oil glands with thermal pulsation is also used by physicians as a treatment method. The article notes that thermal pulsation involves the use of an eyecup to deliver a warm massage to your lower eyelid. Physicians are also using another technique that reportedly heals severe dry eyes. It's called intense-pulsed-light therapy. Following application of this technique, your eyelids are then massaged. This technique was given monthly to 78 people, and 68 of those who were treated with intense-pulsed-light therapy consequently experienced reduced dry eye symptoms.
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