National Health Service, United Kingdom
*Corresponding Author: SK Pathak, National Health Service, United Kingdom.
Received: August 13, 2018; Published: August 23, 2018
Citation: SK Pathak. “Tears”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 2.6 (2018).
A close acquaintance of mine, who has had a stormy and eventful life, starts weeping over the telephone whenever I call him. I am uncertain as to whether he is weeping for the black clouds that gathered in his past life and are still hanging over him, or whether his tears are expressive of some present torment, and whether he want to share his sorrows with me. I am not sure what to make of his reactions (over-reactions?), so I decided to try and understand them better.
The Oxford Dictionary defines “weep” as “to shed tears” . Tears are produced by the lachrymal gland which is situated in the depression at the outer angle of the orbit. The fluid produced by the gland is known as tears (not a physiological term). This fluid is conveyed to the surface of the eye by excretory ducts. The fluid is carried away by the lachrymal canal into the lachrymal sac and along the nasal duct into the cavity of the nose. The lachrymal gland derives its nerve supply from lachrymal nerve which is the smallest branch of the ophthalmic nerve which is the first division of V (Trigeminal Nerve). This is the branch from the Gasserian or Semi lunar ganglion which receives filaments from the carotid plexus of Sympathetic nerve .
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