The Patient's Guide to Dry Eye Syndrome: Lacrimal Gland Insufficiency9:18 PM
We have covered the Meibomian glands of the eyelid quite in depth now, and how clogged glands are often the culprit for dry eyes. Remember, those Meibomian glands secrete the oily surface layer of the tear film, that locks the tears onto the eye and prevents evaporation. There is another gland located higher up in your eye lid area, tucked just under the brow bone, that is responsible for the actual "watery" component of tear production. The lacrimal gland is responsible for the "aqueous" middle layer of the tears. This gland is responsible for emotional and reflex tearing, as well as producing the aqueous layer of regular tear film. So just because you cry easily, doesn't mean you don't have dry eyes.
|The Tranquileyes moisture goggles. These sometimes come with a gel bead packet that can be heated and used to treat Meibomian Gland clogging at the same time!|
|Restasis comes in individual vials. To save on copays, I always recommend recapping the vials, storing in a nice clean environment with the vial upright if possible, and then using the same vial again for your nighttime dose.|