There are of course many causes as to why we cry when it comes to our emotions and various situations, but there are also physiological reasons behind why we cry. You might have wondered why the salty water comes out of our eyes when what we call, crying, occurs.
The truth is that having a good cry every so often is good for you. It is a way to relieve yourself of underlying emotional pressure and it can truly make you feel better. So even though there are also physiological reasons, those physiological reasons are connected to our emotions and psychology.
From a psychologist’s point of view in physiological terms, we cry to send the message to other people that we need support, whether that is subconscious or not. That is why many times, as hard as we try, we are unable to control or hold back our tears and that notorious “lump in the throat” feeling. The physical reaction of crying triggers emotional responses in whoever is around you, which may be necessary when we are feeling like we need support or someone to show us some sympathy. You can consider it a sort of non-verbal communication.
Crying is also a way for our bodies to release an overload of emotions, whether it be sadness, anger, stress, or even happiness and laughter. If a feeling needs to be released sometimes tears help it get there.
What are tears and where do they come from?
You may be surprised to learn that there are three different types of tears, that come from two slightly different places. There are of course the tears that exist to keep our eyes clear of debris and dirt as well as the tears that work to keep our eyes moisturized, and then there are the tears that are produced from crying. The tears themselves that elude from crying are chemically composed differently than the ones made for cleaning and moisturizing the eye.
These three different tears are called the basal tears, the reflex tears, and the psychic tears. While basal tears work to keep, your eyes moisturized, there are reflex tears that react when you experience debris or irritation in the eye. The reflex tears work to wash out anything that might be contributing to the irritation. The psychic tears are the ones that are created when your body is having a physical reaction to an emotion.
Crying isn’t just about the tears though, it influences multiple other parts of your body. When you cry, your heart rate increases, your body heats up, you sweat, your breathing slows down, and then there is, of course, the feeling of the lump in your throat. These physiological factors are reactions from your sympathetic nervous system.
Although crying is normal, excessive watering eyes is not. If you have noticed your eyes are constantly watering, or not watering enough or keeping your eyes adequately moisturized, you may need to consider making an appointment with an Arlington optometrist. It is important to remember that seeing an eye doctor annually, or even bi-annually, is vital to ensure your visual health and catch or address any potential eye problems in their tracks.
If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call First Eye Care today. As a trusted and caring vision center, you can rest assured in making us your go-to for you and your family’s visual needs.