The basic components of tears are water, electrolytes, proteins, lipids and mucins. Tears play a vital role in your eye health as they protect your eyes from damage and keep your eyeballs clean and moist.
The ingredients that make up tears all have their own function. Mucus, for example, coats the surface of the eye and helps bind the tear layer to the eye. Without this, dry spots may develop on the cornea. The water in tears is a saline solution that contains a variety of minerals that help keep the surface of the eye healthy.
If you are reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you suffer from dry eyes. This happens when the oil glands on your eyelids are blocked or clogged and no longer secreting properly.
The oil glands in your eyelids are called the meibomian glands. If they do not secrete properly, an eye specialist may diagnose you with meibomian gland dysfunction, which is the major contributing factor to dry eye disease.
The glands run vertically across both the bottom and the top portion of your eyelids, and if you look closely in the mirror, you just might be able to see them. When these oil glands are healthy, they secrete a little bit of oil on every complete blink and that oil mixes with the liquid portion of your tears to help prevent the tears from evaporating. When the meibomian glands don’t produce enough oil or if the oil is of poor quality, tears evaporate fast, which is what causes meibomian gland disease.
If your vision fluctuates, especially when you are reading a book or looking at your phone or computer, chances are good that you have some form of dry eye that is likely related to your meibomian glands. The problem with clogged glands is that people are completely asymptomatic during the early stages, but if the glands remain clogged and blocked, they will eventually die off. Once the glands are dead, they can’t be rejuvenated.
It is for this reason that it is important to see your eye doctor regularly so that any issues can be treated before it becomes a problem. Whether you need an eye exam or glasses, be sure to contact 3for1 Glasses and order your pair!