If you see a dry-eyed, red-eyed purple people eater this month, it's a Halloween creature. But, if you have a dry, red-eye disorder, it cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Dry eyes occur when the eye doesn't produce the necessary quantity of tears, or produces tears that are lacking in the proper composition. Sometimes redness of the eyes or a burning sensation is experienced.
As with most eye disorders, dry eye is normally the result of aging and can affect people over 50. Left untreated, it can cause serious damage to the tissue with possible scarring of the eye. This can result in loss of vision.
Dry eyes cannot be permanently cured, but there is effective treatment. Most likely, the doctor will recommend eye drops. They have been formulated to stimulate natural tears. There is also a soothing ointment that may be applied at bedtime. In severe cases, the doctor may put in tiny plugs in the corner of each eye. This is simple and painless. The purpose of the plugs is to slow down the drainage of tears and provide more natural lubrication. Ironically, excessive watering is one symptom of dry eyes. Other symptoms include scratchy, dry, irritated or generally uncomfortable eyes.
People who live in a dry climate might benefit from the use of a humidifier in the home.
Other serious eye problems include: Glaucoma; cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and flashers and floaters. I have had all of these problems. Praise the Lord, I am not totally blind and can still see enough to get around fairly well. Early detection through regular examinations can and will result in effective treatment. Please keep your eye appointments.
Readers, it's only two months until Christmas. Let's begin NOW and be a truly loving person to others. Beginning with myself first...
Let's be the kind of person
People like to be around.
Let us make others feel
Important and special.
In November, be thankful.
In December, be caring.
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
Have a safe Halloween!