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Feeling down? The big health reason why you shouldn’t hold back the tears

21 february 2018

Press release

IT IS officially the most depressing day of the year - the dark days and cold temperatures are enough to make anyone feel down. But rather than keep your feelings bottled up, Specsavers is urging Brits not to hold back their tears this Blue Monday, as not only does a good cry offer a relief of emotion, but it can do wonders for your eye health too.
Specsavers clinical spokesperson Dr Nigel Best says: ‘When we don’t have enough tears to lubricate our eyes they can become dry and irritated and we can even start to get slightly blurred vision.’
 
This dryness which occurs when we do not have enough lubrication in our eyes is often referred to as dry eye syndrome, and can be extremely uncomfortable.
 
Dr Best says: ‘When an individual has a dry eye the surface of the eye becomes inflamed. This inflammation further damages the cells which are responsible for tear production, resulting in a vicious circle of increasing inflammation and dryness.’
 
However not only do our tears help with this lubrication but they can help keep our eyes clean too. Dr Best adds: ‘Tears are so important as they can wash away foreign matter that might come into contact with your eye and they also help reduce the risk of eye infections.’
 
For further information or took book an eye test visit: https://www.specsavers.co.uk/