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dry eyes in mom

Dry Eyes in Mom


What could this tearing up be about? Mom seems fine. She is smiling. She does the balancing act as only moms can do with work, kids and other family and life obligations.  Believe it or not, all those tears could be from Dry Eye.  Yes, sounds strange that tearing up is from Dry Eye, but that is often the case commonly diagnosed by Ophthalmologist or Eye specialist.

Unfortunately, women are more susceptible to Dry Eye symptoms than men, and the increased use of digital devices is another contributing factor. Birth control pills and menopause also can cause it. If you are a mom or you have noticed mom frequently tearing up with an incessant need to reach for eye drops, then you know how annoying Dry Eye symptoms can be.

Your Dry Eye symptoms are due to blocked oil glands in your eyelids called Meibomian glands. This condition is called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD. The gland blockages prevent the oils from protecting the tear film and keeping your eyes moist.  This blockage can trigger the glands that release the watery part of your tears (Lacrimal glands) to start working overtime to compensate for the dryness.  So Mom, if you’re tearing up and all your emotions are in check, you may want to go see your eye doctor ( Ophthalmologist) and get checked for MGD, the leading cause of Dry Eye.  It’s treatable and it’s important to catch MGD early because once it becomes chronic, long-term damage to the glands may become permanent.

Treatment is avilable in the form of Drops, Ointments, Multivitamins, Minerals. Consult your doctor at iCare Clinic Pashan Pune

Article Courtesy : Dr. Arundhati Pande


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