"My eyes feel dry,
gritty and I get a kind of burning sensation in my eyes."
It could be due to a condition called as Dry eye.
Before we go on to talk about the condition itself, we need to know more about
the normal eye structure. What is it, that keeps our eyes moist? Tear Glands,
off course! But find out, how the whole tearing system really functions!
The tear glands are also called the
Lacrimal Glands. Now think about it, we need tears to keep our eyes moist,
but tears should not flow out , that would be inconvenient! So, we need a
constant drainage for our tears. We have been gifted with a wonderful
lacrimal system. Lacrimal gland producing tears, the eyelid movement that
spreads the tears and a drainage hole called lacrimal punctum, that leads
to the piping system that opens into the nose.
about Dry eye
about the Lacrimal system
of the Lacrimal System
The lacrimal system consists of -
|Lacrimal (Tear) gland - This is an almond shaped gland, located at the upper outer corner of each
eye, just below the frontal bone. It produces tears.
|Conjunctival mucus gland
secretion is an important part of tears.
|Lacrimal punctum -
is an opening located at the innermost corner of both the
upper and lower lid. They collect tears from the eyes and drain it into the
|Lacrimal canaliculi - These tubes course along the inner lid margins
and join to form the lacrimal sac.
|Lacrimal sac - Located on the inner side of the eye, between
the eye and the nose.
|Nasolacrimal duct - It is the tube that runs from the sac into the