What is Dry Eye?

The most common reason for dry eyes is the too rapid evaporation of your tears. There are special glands around your eyes that continually produce lubricating oil called sebum. Sebum mixes with tears to keep them from evaporating. If these glands become blocked your tears evaporate rapidly resulting in dry eyes.

If you have dry eyes you may feel a burning, scratching, or stinging sensation. Your eye may also feel strained or tired after reading or working on the computer, even for short periods of time. If you wear contacts, they will likely feel uncomfortable.

Sufferers of dry eye can experience eye redness, itchiness, a “foreign body” sensation and even watery eyes. Eye dryness may also lead to tiny abrasions on the surface of your eyes.

Dry eyes can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, and it can decrease tolerance for dry environments, such as the air inside an airplane.

One very effective treatment of dry eyes is the daily application of a moist heat compress. Thermalon’s innovative new dry eye compress makes this easy, safe and convenient. It heats quickly in the microwave to provide a doctor recommended five minute dry eye treatment.

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