Ideally, the fix for dry eyes would be an easy one: if you added a little moisture to them, the problem would be solved. In reality, it’s not that simple.
“Dry eye disease is a chronic, complex condition, and we don’t have a strict playbook to follow for treatment. We can’t cure it or make it go away, but we can manage it,” says Dr. Thomas Dohlman, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.
What are the types, causes, and symptoms of dry eye disease?
There are two main types of dry eye disease.
In one type, called aqueous deficient dry eye, you don’t make enough tears to keep the surface of your eye lubricated. “It can happen as a result of age, environment, medication side effects, or certain conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome,” Dr. Dohlman says.
In the other type, called evaporative dry eye, you can make tears, but these are unstable and go away too quickly. “There are meibomian glands on the eyelids that put out oil on the surface of the eye that stabilizes the tear film,” Dr. Dohlman says. “Meibomian gland dysfunction is more common than we think, and many things can affect the oil glands, such as eyelid inflammation, hormonal changes, and medications.”
People with dry eyes often have a combination of those two subtypes, which can cause eyes to be red or feel like they’re
- gritty or sandy
- burning or stinging
Dry eyes can also give you blurry vision or make your eyelids feel heavy.
Will fish oil help dry eye?
Some studies suggest that taking a fish oil supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids may be useful for people with dry eyes. However, the most recent randomized clinical trials — including a large study led by Harvard researchers — have found no benefit of fish oil supplements for dry eye prevention or treatment.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more
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