Re: Crying tears?
Dear Texas Mary, what you describe is exactly my experience. Struggled with eyes so dry that I couldn't open them, and had to feel my way to bathroom to soak them open! I finally found a great ophthalmologist who taught me about the different tears, and how to stimulate them. Crying tears are watery and come from the lacrimal glands above the eyes. We have another set of glands below the eyes that provide a more waxy type of tear (sebaceous) that helps keep the watery kind in place. As you age, it is not unusual for these ducts to clog. The way to unclog them is simple. First soak with washcloth using warmest water you can stand for up to 5 minutes (I do this every morning and before bed), then scrub your eyelids with Johnson's baby shampoo. There are many expensive eyelid washes you can find, don't waste your money. Your eyes feel so much better! (Put some kind of cream on lids after) This same doc put me on Restasis. I learned you have to start it with a steroid or it will burn. Also, keeping the drops cold makes them more comfortable. The third thing that has helped me is pilocarpine. It was prescribed for saliva, but also stimulates the lacrimal gland, sweat glands, and others. So, almost a year later, my tear film tests have improved immensely, and I can actually sleep for 2-3 hours without getting up! Hope this helps you. I was diagnosed in 1998, and for years had very little help with these issues.