The meibomian glands are sebaceous glands located along the eyelids where the eyelashes are found. Their purpose is to create the oil that makes up a key component of the tear film. The oil in the tear film is responsible for floating on the surface of the tear film, keeping the eyes comfortable, and preventing the tear film from evaporating too quickly. Unfortunately, problems with the meibomian glands can have consequences for our eyes and vision.
Many eye conditions affect U.S. adults, but dry eye is one of the most common. Dry eyes may sound purely like a symptom, but it is in fact the name given to a specific eye problem that will be experienced by most people at least once during their lifetime.
Many people think that tear film is only present when we cry. However, the truth is that our eyes are constantly covered in a thin layer of tear film and it is this that enables our eyes to move around smoothly and comfortably. If there is a problem with this tear film, our eyes can quickly start to feel dry and irritated. These symptoms are just some of those associated with a condition that is known as dry eye.
The retina is a thin tissue layer found at the back of your eye. This thin inner lining is located near the optic nerve, which connects your eyes to your brain. The retina is responsible for converting light passing through the lens into neural signals. The brain receives these signals to interpret the images that you see. The retina contains photosensitive cells that perceive vision and color at both low and high light levels. An unhealthy retina can affect how you see and process visual information.
The National Institutes of Health acknowledge that a large percentage of patients complain about eye itchiness and dryness. Their symptoms usually become worse, leading them to see their eye doctors for relief. Eye care providers tend to look for the root cause of the dryness and itchiness. Solutions provide either short-term or long-term results. If you are currently looking for dry and itchy eye relief, here’s what you should know.
Our sight is one of our most valuable senses, but many people don’t realize the potential threat to them that comes from simply being outside. Wearing protective eyewear may be obvious when carrying out jobs like welding or woodworking, but regularly exposing our eyes to UV light can be just as harmful to the health of our eyes and our vision.
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Glaucoma is a progressive disease that damages the optic nerve in the eye. This normally happens when excess fluid builds up in the eye, increasing the intraocular pressure (IOP). While there is not a cure for glaucoma, treatment can slow or prevent the progression. If you have glaucoma and fail to treat it, it could eventually cause blindness.