The eye depends on the flow of tears to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of water, for moisture; oils, for lubrication; mucus, for even spreading; and antibodies and special proteins, for resistance to infection. These components are secreted by special glands located around the eye. When there is an imbalance in this tear system, a person may experience dry eyes.
When tears do not adequately lubricate the eye, a person may experience:
A gritty sensation
A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye
Blurring of vision
Sometimes, a person with a dry eye will have excess tears running down the cheeks, which may seem confusing. This happens when the eye isn’t getting enough lubrication. The eye sends a distress signal through the nervous system for more lubrication. In response, the eye is flooded with tears to try to compensate for the underlying dryness. However, these tears are mostly water and do not have the lubricating qualities or the rich composition of normal tears. They will wash debris away, but they will not coat the eye surface properly.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
In addition to an imbalance in the tear-flow system of the eye, dry eyes can be caused by situations that dry out the tear film. This can be due to dry air from air conditioning, heat, or other environmental conditions. Other conditions that may cause dry eyes are:
The natural aging process, especially menopause
Side effects of certain drugs such as antihistamines and birth control pills
Diseases that affect the ability to make tears, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases
Structural problems with the eyelids that don’t allow them to close properly
Mudra For Dry eyes
Mudra is a part of holistic healing Ayurveda and Yoga. It is very effective and easy to practice. Any one can do it any time at any where. Forty-five minutes of practice is enought o get good results. To know more about this mudra click on the link.
Before practicing Mudras it is very important to find your Ayurvedic Body type To find your Ayurvedic body type follow this link
Jal –vardhak or Varun mudrā