Dry Eyes: Causes and Treatment

Dry Eyes – Causes and TreatmentWhen do you usually cry? Is it when you’re sad or happy? Do you sometimes shed a few tears when watching a movie or reading a book?

Some people cry when they are angry. Many strong emotions can bring on tears. People often cry when they are in pain.

Thank Goodness for Tears

Shedding tears is a necessary part of a healthy eye. Tears protect, lubricate, clean, and nourish our eyes. However, not all tears are equal. Some lubricate, some cleanse, and some remove excess hormones from our bodies. Amazingly enough our eyes seem to know which kind of tears are needed at any given time.

Dry eyes occur when there are problems with our tear ducts. The ducts that drain the excess tears from our eyes may drain too much too quickly, or their could be problems with the tear duct itself that prevents the production of the right kind of tears. When our eyes become too dry it causes damage to the outer covering of the eye. Tears carry oxygen and nutrients to the cornea and carry away waste products of the eye.

Did You Know that Not All Tears are the Same?

  1. Basal tears: These surprisingly complex tears lubricate the eye and remove dust. Basal tears are made up of a variety of substances such as; lipids, sodium, glucose, potassium and an enzyme named lysozyme which is also found in saliva. Some of these substances are responsible for fighting against bacterial infection in the eye.
  2. Reflex tears: We produce reflex tears when foreign particles enter the eye. Foreign particles could be dirt, dust, gases, or harmful liquids. These tears protect the eye by flushing out the foreign materials.
  3. Emotional tears: As the name implies, we produce these tears when we feel pain, stress or other strong feeling. These tears are made up of different chemicals from other tears and may be our body’s way of removing excess hormones.

While crocodile tears are not real tears, there is a condition called Crocodile Tear Syndrome. People recovering from Bell’s palsy may suffer from this. It results from incorrect or incomplete regeneration of the facial nerve that controls the salivary and tear glands. People suffering from this will quite often cry when eating.

Sometimes our tear ducts drain away the needed basal tears too quickly so that they do not have time to fully lubricate the eyes.

Dry Eye Problems

People suffering from keratitis sicca or “dry eye” know how important the right kind of tears can be. Dry eye causes burning, itching, stinging, light sensitivity, or blurred vision. The wrong kind of tears can actually make these symptoms worse.

Your eyes may feel gritty or scratchy. Strangely enough, this condition may cause reflex tears which are no help at all because they do not contain the lubricants that the eye needs. This can confuse people, because their eyes are producing tears they do not even consider that they may be suffering from dry eyes.

One of the main causes of dry eye is the decrease in tear production as we age. However, it can also be caused by reactions to some medications like antihistamines.

Environmental factors such as wind or smoke can also cause dry eye. Dry eye has also been associated with contact lenses and LASIK surgery – one more good reason to try the Ocu-Plus Formula. In fact one of the most often reported side affects of LASIK surgery is dry eyes.

Another contributing factor can be air conditioners and heating systems. These can dry the air in your homes of offices. Try setting your air conditioner to a slightly warmer setting and adding a humidifier if you notice signs of eye irritation. Make sure that filters are changed regularly so that dust and allergens are effectively removed from the air.

Treatment for Dry Eyes

At this time there are three main treatments for dry eye:

  • Prescription drug called Restasis: This prescription drug is supposed to help your eyes produce the basal tears that are needed for lubrication. It may take some time to work but it has proven to be a successful treatment for some people.
  • Artificial tears: There are many types of eye drops sold over the counter that can help with dry eye. You may have to try several before you find one that works well for you. If one type or brand of eye drop doesn’t work for you keep trying others until you find the one that works the best.
  • Insertion of plugs in the tear duct to block drainage: These can be temporary to see if they will help solve the problem, or permanent once it has been determined that plugging the tear duct will relieve the problem. Even with the permanent plugs there is a chance that they may work their way out. You may have to have them reinserted if this happens.

If you think that you could be suffering from dry eye syndrome talk to your eye doctor.

Allergies Can Mimic Dry Eyes Symptoms

If you suffer from allergies it is possible that you will experience some of the same symptoms that a person suffering from dry eyes experiences. Allergies often cause red, sore eyes. They can make your eyes feel scratchy. Allergy medications often contain antihistamines which can actually be one cause of dry eyes.

If you have any suspicion that you may be developing dry eye contact your eye doctor immediately. Untreated, dry eye can damage the eye or cause vision loss. So don’t be embarrassed by your tears, just be glad that they are working!


About Orlin Sorensen

My vision started to get blurry as a young teenager. Soon I was wearing glasses for just about everything. This was a hard blow for me because I had always dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy fighter pilot which required perfect vision without glasses or surgery. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams, so I looked into every possible alternative which led me to eye exercises. Through daily vision training and eye exercises, I improved my vision from 20/85 to 20/20 and passed the Navy's visual acuity test. In fact Men's Health declared this one of the "Greatest Comebacks of All Time!" Now, I'm sharing exactly how I did it with the program that helped me so people like you can improve your vision safely and naturally, without glasses, contacts or laser surgery.

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  1. figgylady #

    This is great information about eye health and eye vision. I have benefited greatly from this information. I’m trying to apply everything to improve my vision. Thanx.

    • Betty #

      It is very important to keep your eyes moist. I have very dry eyes and use restases every day. A few years ago I noticed I wasn’t seeing out of my left eye and was diagnosed with Salsmans Nodules in both eyes. Thankfully a Dr. scraped my eyes and I now see great. According to the Dr. I should keep my eyes moist every day by using artificial tear drops in my eyes quite a few times during the day because this afflication can come back in 5 years. I also had plugs put in my eyes and that helped but unfortunately they have fallen out and I am going to have them inserted again.

  2. Bill #

    Again, we sincerely appreciate your taking your time to encourage all of us about taking care of one of the greatest gifts to man… our vision. You are right on target, and we are so glad you “”hit us” with this good info. Thanks again, Bill

  3. Mary #

    May our Heavenly Father Bless & keep you now & forever in the palm of His Hand.

  4. Mari #

    What about onions? Isn’t chopping onions supposed to be healthy for the eyes since the sulfur that is release causes you to get tears????

  5. Sadiqtamanna #

    I use Latanoprost to control “humor”. I think ‘humor’ is different from the tears explained in this article. I would like to receive more such informative and useful articles

  6. JPJ #

    Thank you Mr Sorensen. Since taking your expert advice, I have been drinking more water. My eyes are not dry now and they feel better. Also taking breaks from the computer screen is doing wonders as well. In the future I will be purchasing your product. Looking forward to the next email in your life changing series.

  7. Aastha #

    I appreciate you for providing such a practical series of information regarding eye sight. It’s truly wonderful. Keep it up!

  8. Noor #

    Dear Orlin

    It is a wonderful series of articles. It really helped me eliminating the harmful effects of Computer Vision Syndrome. However, I have experienced eye floaters for eleven years. I have come to know that Antioxidant supplements and vitamins prevent the eye from further retinal degeneration. Is that true? If yes, then what quantity of Vitamins should I take in as a daily supplement?

  9. Samantha #

    oh thank you so much for the great information.. so good to hear that tears can help us too.. this tips can give us knowledge hoe to take care our precious eyes..thank you again and more power!

  10. marly #

    Soon i will purchase your product too… now I’m doing preventions. I stayed long in computer but i do break. and I’m fond of reading books too…hope you will send me more tips, Mr. Sorensen. Is it bad for my eyes if I sleep only 4 to 5 hours? And I’m reading while in lay down position?

  11. Hi Noor,

    I’m so glad to hear these articles have helped you out. You can find more information on eye vitamins and the impact on your eyes here.

    Floaters is a great idea for a future blog post. Thanks for the suggestion.

    To your vision — for life,


  12. Hi Marly,

    Sleep is essential for your body and overall eye health. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. As far as reading, you always want good posture. Good lighting is the key so you don’t have to strain your eyes to see the words. Be sure you are in a well lit area while you read.

    To your vision — for life,


  13. Noor #

    Dear Mr. Sorensen,

    Thank you very much for your kind advice.

  14. figgylady #

    Though i know most of the information about eye health and the most important vitamins and minerals that do help for a better eye health, I do admire your caring attitudes to help people improve their eyes vision and regain their eye health. Mr Orlin, why didn’t you reply my comment as u did for others? Shall i ask you a question? How many carrots do u have a week? A part from vitamins and all, is there any exercise which help the eye muscles? I would be so grateful if you reply.

  15. figgylady #

    Very good evening Orlin. I do respect and appreciate your information about food nutritional value. Thanks for all the efforts you make to aid and help people to get over their eye problems. My best regards!

  16. ann #

    Thanks for the information Mr. Sorensen. Until now I’m still following your site to improve my eyesight. It’s been 11 years since I’ve suffered from nearsightedness and I’m still hoping that my eyesight will be cured. Can you help me for this matter?

  17. Hi Ann,

    Nearsightedness, or myopia is one of the most common vision problems experienced, and it is the most common type of prescription lens worn by those under 30.

    Unlike conditions such as astigmatism, there is evidence that has shown that nearsightedness is caused by stress of the eyes and has been linked to near-point stress which is caused by activities such as reading.

    If you are tired of wearing your glasses there are a number of eye exercises that you can do that will relieve your eye strain, which may be making the condition worse.


    To your vision for life,


  18. Jeane #

    I’ve had dry eyes for a long time and my eyes were very painful. I had to use drops several time a day and wear thick sunglasses or stay indoors when the sun was bright. However, I’ve now found that evening primrose capsules have helped greatly. I’ve given up on medical drops and only need sunglasses on very sunny days

  19. Margaret #

    I am new to this website but am going to check it all out. Just want to tell Jeane that I can sympathize with her dry eye problem and may try the evening primrose capsules. You see about 12 years ago I had a lump removed from my neck that the doctor said was my sylvia gland. I now have dry mouth very, very, bad even though the doctor told me I would hardly notice the difference. About four years ago I developed dry eye and have been taking Restasis for all that time and there has been no improvement. They’ve put plugs in that just fall out and now say unless I want an operation the only other thing is acupuncture! Is there any help for me?

  20. aira #

    hi Orlin,
    i think i`am having crocodile tears syndrome.. it needs a treatment or just let the tears flow while eating??
    and my eyes always keep blinking all the time. What is the factors of this happen??

  21. Wendy Wiener #

    I had been doing eye exercises for months and they made my eyes feel better, but no matter how faithfully I did the exercises, my vision didn’t improve. Recently I went to an ophthalmologist who said I have severe dry-eye. He put plugs in and prescribed restasis. Now, generally I treat everything with natural remedies, but this not seeing thing is driving me crazy, so I decided to give it a try. My question is: are these two treatments and doing the eye exercises compatible or should I stop the exercises for the two months I’m taking the drops and trying the plugs? It was just so discouraging getting no results with the exercises.

  22. Linda Nelson #

    Read the comment about dry eyes and am interested in trying evening primrose capsules but where do I get them? I am already on the Occu-Plus vitiamins and can you take both?

    • Hi Linda,

      I would recommend talking to your doctor to see if you can take the Primrose Capsules with the Ocu-Plus Formula. Just bring both bottles in and see what he/she recommends.

  23. Joe Lucier #

    I have had long time eye dryness which also includes profuse tearing when in a windy or smoky situation. I have recently been adding hot compresses since i was told the tear ducts are not open enough. From you info above, due to age, I am probably lacking basal tear lubrication. Thanks for the insight. The hot compresses help and a homeopathic, similase helps.

  24. Maria #

    We are interested in buy your product plese let me know how to order them, the list of products and price of them
    thank you Maria

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