Tear production may either be inadequate or of the wrong quality to adequately protect the surface of the eye, resulting in eyes that burn, sting. Environment may play a role in the development of dry eye. Frequent fliers, for example, may react to the pressurized cabins of airplanes by developing dry eye. Others react similarly in air-conditioned rooms or when outdoors in windy conditions for extended periods of time.
There are many safe, easy and effective treatments for dry eye, so call Malbar Vision Center today to schedule an exam if you regularly experience this needlessly uncomfortable condition.
As they are in a more figurative sense, tears (or lack thereof) need not be a cause of discomfort or embarrassment. Just take it from Charles Dickens in “Great Expectations” when he wrote, “We need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth.”
To learn more about dry eye visit the American Optometric Association website.