The lacrimal gland lies within the orbit on the outer portion of the upper eye. The lacrimal glands secrete tears which moisten, lubricate, and protect the surface of the eye. Excess tears drain into small ducts which empty into the nasal cavity.
Inflammation of the lacrimal glands is called dacryoadenitis.
Any disruption to either the drainage or production of tears can result in dry eye, which leads to discomfort of the eye.
- Stinging or gritty sensation
- Light sensitivity
- Itching, tearing
- Excessive watering of the eyes
- Burning sensation