Some people cry at the drop of a hat while others manage to hold back tears even in the worst of situations and may only experience extra tearing when cutting an onion or getting something in their eyes. If you are in the latter category, it might interest you to know that your optometrist really wishes you’d let go and have a good cry now and then. The reality is that although our eyes are covered in a protective film of basal tears that are necessary for good eye health, a good way to avoid dry eye conditions is to toss a few emotional tears in the mix, too. This is especially true as you get older and basal tear production is lower.
What you are really going for is avoiding dry eyes, which isn’t just uncomfortable, but could send you to your optometrist if it leads to blurred vision or vision loss. The role of tears also goes beyond lubrication. They also clean and disinfect your eyes. Without tears, dust and other contaminants would stick around and end up scratching and damaging your eyes. Here’s an interesting fact about tears, too – under normal circumstances, your basal tears evaporate as produced. However, what doesn’t evaporate follows the ducts at the inner corner of your eye to your nose. This is why your nose starts running when you cry.
Here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we are dedicated to helping you maintain good eye health for a lifetime. We provide a welcoming and friendly environment in our quest to treat your family like our family. You’ll enjoy our relaxing lounge area with guest Wi-Fi and Keurig coffee that will make you cry with happiness! We have to help you with tear production somehow, right? Call today to schedule an appointment to talk with an optometrist to learn more about the role of tears and make sure your eyes are producing enough basal tears to avoid dry eye.