Consultant Mr Jimmy Uddin featured in Jo Brand’s quest to
understand crying in a BBC4 documentary last night. In ‘For Crying Out Loud’ Jo
explained why she finds it hard to cry and finds the current phenomenon for
celebrity tears distasteful.
Appalled by outbursts of crying in
public, Jo wanted to know why we cry, who cries, whether this is a relatively
new habit we’ve cultivated over the last decade and if crying is actually good
for you. As part of her mission to understand why and how people cry, Jo
visited ‘tear expert’ Mr Uddin, who examined Jo’s eyes and explained the
process of how the eye’s tear ducts work.
area of expertise includes dry eye, watery eye and the lacrimal - almond shaped
glands in each eye that secrete tears which then flow into canals leading to
the lacriminal sac. From this sac, tears drain through a passage into the nose.Mr
Uddin pronounced Jo’s tear ducts to be in good working order, however as a
lifelong reluctant weeper Jo didn’t manage to cry on cue - despite joining a
class of emotional drama students, meeting professional cry-babies and opening
up to formidable psychotherapist, Susie Orbach.