Dry eye syndrome is a health issue caused by the decreased production of tears that usually ensure our eyes are moist sufficiently.
In situations where medical intervention and treatment are delayed, this condition is able to cause lasting damage to our cornea, which in turn leads to a decline in vision.
In fact, one study warns that in the worst cases, when left untreated, people can eventually suffer blindness or permanent vision loss.
The newest research on this topic was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and makes it very clear that individuals who experience really dry eyes have a high risk of ending up with vision loss.
What this means is that you should take eye dryness more seriously if you notice it happening on the regular.
In addition to that, the same research also proved that really dry eyes could also change the way the protective cornea heals itself following injuries.
Not to mention that whenever the eyes cannot lubricate themselves with tears, you will most likely feel a lot of discomfort and it will give you the impression that you’re really tired, affecting your productivity and life in general.
Here are the most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome you should pay close attention to:
– Stringy mucus in the eyes or around them,
– Burning, scratchy or stinging sensation,
– Eye redness,
– Light sensitivity.
In the absence of proper natural tear lubrication, the eyes are at a higher risk of developing an infection, which when left untreated, can then cause severe inflammation.
It is important to note that things like watching a screen for a long time might lead to overusing the eyes and therefore, causing dryness.
In addition to that, chronic exposure to some types of environments such as air-conditioned rooms as well as planes, can also make this condition much worse.
As for treatment, most often than not, this issue gets treated with eye drops.
However, the study that was conducted on lab mice, showed that proteins made by stem cells aid in regenerating the eyes’ protective cornea.
This find may hopefully lead the way to creating more effective treatments.