Tracks of my tears

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tracks tearsWell, that explains it.

Makes sense. Certainly a lot more understandable now.

Hmm? Oh, right, maybe I could explain it to you, too. Sure.

I had my annual visit to the eye doctor. Routine check-up for the eye glasses (I’m not comfortable with the idea of something going directly on my eyeballs).

It was mostly good news – distance vision getting better; close-up vision getting worse. Apparently, that’s pretty common as people age.

Then my doctor gave me the bad news – I have dry eyes. Or, in his words, “dangerously” dry eyes. As in, I could be damaging my eyes without treatment. Apparently, that’s also something not uncommon, especially in people who do heavy reading.

It’s funny, in a way, because I’ve had so many people comment on how red my eyes often are and I just assumed it was because of the heavy computer use I’ve had over the past 25 years.

Turns out, that may not have been that far off base, but there was something I could have been doing all those years to help those eyes be less red and feel less tired.

It’s a simple solution (literally); over-the-counter “artificial tears”, easily applied via single-use mini-vials.

What a difference. Not that the eyes have stopped being red (maybe a little better), but the discomfort and weariness that I thought was a permanent change due to age turns out is just a side effect of those rapidly drying eyes.

Further research informed me that the very function I desired to do more of, reading, was a strong contributor to the drying of eyes. Apparently, when engaged in something like reading, the eyes blink less, thus amplifying the drying-out process.

Now I can read books of any length again. Fortunately, with the regular application of my mini-vials, the relief I get brings tears to my eyes.

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