Your eye doctor may suggest that you use preservative free eye drops, get eye drops. Nothing seems to be helping. Why?
Eye drops make your eyes drier over time.
Eye drops provide temporary relief. Over time, they wash away the natural lubricants your eyes produce- just like washing your eye balls under a faucet. The increased dryness makes inflammation worse, and your dry eyes unbearable.
Of all the eye drops, decongestant eye drops such as Visine, are the worst. Visine constricts blood vessels in your eye to take the red out. Long-term use can cause your eyes to become dependent on these eye drops, and when you stop, the blood vessels become even larger, making red eyes worse.
After all this, your eyes are still dry, irritated, red, sometimes painful, and your vision is blurred. It is even possible to develop corneal ulcers from prolonged chronic dry eye conditions.
So why don’t drops work for my chronic dry eye?
The answers resides in our tear composition and tear secretion glands:
- Lacrimal Glands- This gland produces the bulk of your tear and creates tear volume
- Meibomian Glands- This gland secretes thickening agents (proteins, lipids, and mucin) to prevent tear evaporation and protects the eye
Our body requires that the tear volume and tear thickness be balanced and secreted evenly over time in order to provide eye comfort. Most of the treatments listed above address either one or the other requirements, but not both:
- Eye drops – compensate for the lack of tear volume
- Oily eye capsules – compensate for the lack of tear viscosity (thickness), prevent tear evaporation
Over time, the more one uses eye drops, the drier the eyes get. The reason is eye drops wash away the lubricating thickening agents that your Meibomian Glands produce and eventually train your eyes not to secrete tears. It becomes a conditioning reflex.
Overuse of eye drops usually is more than 4-5 times/day. This includes antibiotic eye drops, dry eye medications, or glaucoma drops.
For chronic dry eyes, you need balanced, sustainable tear secretion throughout the day. TheraLife Eye Enhanced can help!