Who has time for Dry Eye when trying to meet the demands of a busy work schedule, not to mention juggling family as well? For busy professionals with high aspirations and ambition to be the best and grow their career, work can be both as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Information moves so fast these days that between the emails, the calls, the meetings, and dare we forget, the time with families and friends, there is no time for distractions. Somehow, we find a way to get it all done, not always in time we would like, but we manage.
The demands of work can seem overwhelming, so imagine if you were one of the millions of us working stiffs with another daily problem that lurks in the background day and night. One that can disrupt the daily grind or evening activities, or for some, cause debilitating pain. What if you were at risk for such a problem, but it could be easily avoided?
This is not a problem that comes from taking an urgent call from a customer, co-worker or spouse. We’re talking about a growing problem for millions that commonly results from our increasing dependence on digital devices. You know, those smart phones, tablets and computers that are the lifelines of our busy work lives. Well guess what… those digital devices are causing us to blink less. Blink less? What does that matter and what does that have to do with my work life?
There are tiny glands in your eyelids called Meibomian glands that produce oils to protect your tear film. When we blink, it releases oil from the glands and spreads the oil across the tear film. The less we blink, the less our glands can do their job. Over time, they can become clogged, may stop working all together and deteriorate. This is what we call MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction) and it is the leading cause of Dry Eye.
What does that have to do with your work life? Ask anyone with Dry Eye about how hard it is to stay focused on a task or to be productive when symptoms such as excessive tearing, scratchy eyes, constant burning or tired eyes are consistently a problem. Maybe you have experienced some of these symptoms, even infrequently or maybe they have only been minor irritation? The point is that we are all more susceptible to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and the resulting Dry Eye symptoms at any age.
The good news is that many forward-thinking eye care professionals have the technology available to evaluate your gland function and structure. It is important to have you eye doctor check your glands regularly, as treatment is available.
Who has time for Dry Eye when trying to meet the demands of a busy work schedule, not to mention juggling family as well? If you are like the over 86% of those with Dry Eye who have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), now you can treat the cause. Ask you eye doctor (or Find a Doctor) about MGD, as early detection is essential to avoid long-term effects of gland loss and years of constant ocular discomfort.