An eye and it's natural protections

With review and feedback from CEENTA Ophthalmologist Payal Patel, MD (Monroe)

Vision is an incredibly important sense, so it’s important your eyes stay safe. Fortunately, your body has many natural defenses to protect your eyes.

How your sockets protect your eyes

The eye socket is the bony structure that surrounds and protects the eye from impact. It also houses and protects the muscles, nerves, and tissue that connect to and move the eye.

How your eyelids protect your eyes

Eyelids protect your eyes from bright light and foreign objects by closing over your eyes. While people can, of course, close them at will, the blinking reflex causes eyes to close quickly and protect your eyes against unexpected threats. Additionally, eyelids help keep your eyes moist by trapping moisture between them and your eyes.

How your eyelashes protect your eyes

Eyelashes are for more than just looking nice. They catch dust and other debris floating in the air before it can reach your eye. When pressure is put against them, they trigger the reflex that makes the eyelids close. Also, when your eye is closed, the lashes created a barrier that prevents foreign objects from getting into your eye through the seam between your upper and lower lids.

How your eyebrows protect your eyes

Eyebrows help prevent moisture like sweat and rain from entering your eyes, which keeps your vision clear. They also protect your eyes from bright light. This not only helps with your vision but can also help reduce the amount of UV rays that enter your eyes, which cause cataracts.

How your tears protect your eyes

If irritants do enter your eyes, tears help wash them away. They also keep your eyes moist, which helps prevent corneal abrasions, inflammation, and eye infections.

How CEENTA can help your eyes

Payal Patel, MD

“I’m always amazed by how our eyes provide us a natural defense against numerous environmental factors,” CEENTA Ophthalmologist Payal Patel, MD, said. “That being said, if something seems odd with either eye, always reach out to us. Sometimes our eyes need a little help with medications. We can help keep your eyes, and your vision, safe.”

If you have any concerns about your eye’s functionality, schedule an appointment at CEENTA today.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with Dr. Patel or any of our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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