Dry eyes are quite common and can create a slight nuisance or be very debilitating.
Whether the cause is acute, chronic, genetic, drug-induced or environmental micro acupuncture is extremely effective to control this symptom.
What Do Dry Eyes Mean?
Dry eyes reflect a deficit in the quality or quantity of tears produced. Tears are produced by several glands in and around the eyes.
Meibomian glands, found on upper and lower eyelids, produce meibum, an oily substance of tear.
The lacrimal gland, a bilobed gland found within the lacrimal fossa of the frontal bone, secretes aqueous portion of the tear from within the upper eyelid.
Your tears are made up of three parts; the aqueous layer, mucous layer and lipid layer. The aqueous or water layer lubricates the eye.
The mucus layer helps spread the tears over the eye in an even coat. The thin oil layer helps prevent premature evaporation of aqueous layer.
When all three layers work together the eyes are protected and nourished with every blink.
If the aqueous layer evaporates too quickly or if a tear does not spread across the eye effectively, then dry eye symptoms can result.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eye symptoms include burning, scratching, redness, excess watering, and mucous or crusty discharge.
The most common cause of dry eyes is keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), known as dry eye syndrome. KCS is the inadequate production of the aqueous portion of the tear.
Other conditions that can lead to dry eyes include uveitis which is an inflammation of the pigmented layer called retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), located at the base of retina just above the sclera (white of the eye).
Acute anterior uveitis is the most common form of uveitis that affects males more commonly and can have a genetic component linked with HLA-B27 gene.
Sjogren’s syndrome, which affects 1-2% of the US population, is a chronic autoimmune condition with degeneration of salivary and lacrimal glands.
Blepharitis, which can be infectious or noninfectious, involves the congestion of meibomian oil glands at the base of eyelashes leading to inflammation of the eyelid. Allergies can also be a major source of dry eyes.
How To Address The Issue Of Dry Eyes
Whatever the source of dry eyes, there are common ways to address the problem. First and foremost is adequate hydration.
Every night sleeping, our body loses, on average, one liter of water. It is important that we consciously drink water throughout the day equivalent to approximately half our weight in ounces of water.
For example, if a person weighs 150 pounds, the ideal water intake for a day should be 75 oz of water.
Second is a good source of fish oil, specifically DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which is a type of omega- 3 fat. DHA specifically helps address inflammation above the neck including your eyes.
Lastly, you want to improve the blood flow to your eye ducts so they don’t get clogged, inflamed or irritated.
Micro acupuncture is a fast and effective way to accomplish this. Micro acupuncture involves small needles placed in hands and feet to stimulate the brain to greatly improve blood flow to your eyes.
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