tear gland


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tear gland

[′tir ‚gland]
(anatomy)
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Cherry eye itself is not a painful condition, however, the longer the tear gland is exposed, the more likely it will come irritated and inflamed.
This effect should be less important due to the lesser sympathetic tear gland innervation.
When something comes into contact with the cornea the tear glands will produce a more than usual amount of tears in an attempt to flush out the irritant.
Certain breeds, such as Westies, can be prone to 'dry eye' because their immune system damages their tear gland tissue.
They selected 13 healthy volunteers with moderately dry eyes, according to Schirmer's test--which is a way to assess the amount of fluid produced by the tear glands and whether it is sufficient to keep the eyes moist.
It contains tear glands and closes in sync with the other eyelids.
com SJOGREN'S SYNDROME FACTS | It is an autoimmune disorder | The condition means the body's immune system attacks saliva and tear glands, along with other secretory glands in the body | There is no cure for the illness, however treatments can be used to help ease symptoms | More women than men are affected and the condition is usually diagnosed in people aged 40 to 60 years old.
As a result, our tear glands cannot adequately produce the fluid needed to maintain the eyes' protective, liquid coating.
Nowadays, modern treatments include ointments which "modulate" the immune response, stopping the harmful attacks on the tear glands, allowing them to recover if caught in good time.
When you blink, your eyelid spreads fluid from your tear glands over the eye, then drains it away through the tear ducts.
However, by the time they go to a doctor their salivary or tear glands are already dead and these patients are way past the point where they can generally benefit from treatment, he pointed out.