140 East Main St.  •   Norton, MA 02766   •   508-285-2015

Dr Ted F Bukowski & Associates, PC
Family Eye Care Optometrists

Ted F Bukowski, OD
Beth B Chenier, OD

Appointment Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday &Thursday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Eye Tips

DRY EYE BASICS

Dry eye is one of the most common eye problems. It can be caused by a variety of conditions and is one of the most difficult things to treat effectively. However, a simple daily routine can greatly reduce or eliminate symptoms in most people. The key is to take the time to do it every day, and to be consistent.

At least twice a day, take a washcloth and soak it with very warm water. Ring it out and put the washcloth directly against your eyelid margins, holding it there for at least one minute. Be sure to move any extra eyelid skin out of the way and to put the washcloth directly against the eyelid margins, where the skin is thicker and from which the lashes come out. Then, put the washcloth over the tip of your index finger and gently rub right along your eyelid margins, starting from the inside corner and moving to the outside corner, using quick brushing strokes. Be sure to get the outside part of the lid margins and the outside corner of the eye as the skin is looser there, making it harder to contact. Finally, rub all of the skin on the outside of the eyelids, making sure to get into any folds of skin to clean out any debris that may be trapped there.

There are oil glands throughout the insides of both eyelids, called Meibomian glands. These oil glands have several small openings along the eyelid margins, on the skin between the lashes and the eyeball itself, where the oil comes out. The oil gets into your tears and prevents the tear film from evaporating too quickly. Unfortunately for many of us, however, this oil turns to solid at only a few degrees colder than body temperature. When the oil glands are clogged, the tear film becomes unstable and evaporates too quickly, causing dryness. Small white bumps might be visible along your eyelids, on the skin between the lashes and the eyeball itself, when the glands are clogged. A hordeolum, or “stye”, occurs when one of these oil glands clogs and gets infected. The warm washcloth turns the oil back into a liquid and the rub along the lid margins breaks the oil caps, keeping the tear film stable and preventing infection.

140 East Main St.  •   Norton, MA 02766   •   508-285-2015

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