I understand that the eyes need a healthy balance of aqueous, lipid and mucus layer. My eyes are really hurting/burning lately, especially the left one, and it all started with a bout of conjunctivitis in February (I had a predisposition to dry eyes, which was "fixed" many years ago with cautery of my upper punctum...since then I have been doing well- until this Feb.). I, and my doctor, who specializes in dry eyes, understand that the mucus layer of the tears comes from the conjunctiva- or white part of the eyes- and that when a person has conjunctivitis that part of the eye is infected and harmed. A normal person will rebound from conjunctivitis, but a person who has a history of dry eyes can be made worse from it.
So if my mucus layer was "harmed" by the conjunctivitis, what is the best way to heal it and get it free flowing again?
My doctor has me doing warm compresses and TheraTears drops, but as I understand, warm compresses help get the lipids out. I don't know if it helps the mucus layer.
What would help my mucus layer?