ABOUT DRY EYES
WHAT IS DRY EYE?
According to the American Optometric Association, "Dry Eye is a condition where a person does not have enough quality tears to properly lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of eye and for providing clear vision."
Dry Eye is chronic, and cannot be cured. But it can be managed with at home and in office treatment plans. There are many different causes of dry eye. Ocular Surface Disease and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction are conditions related to Dry Eye.
Early detection and management helps keep the glands that provide the oils of the tears working properly to maintain tear quality. Glands that become atrophied cannot be regenerated. Atrophy of the glands causes a loss of homeostasis of the tears and this becomes problematic.
Common symptoms include redness, excessive tearing, extreme itching with allergies, fluctuating vision that improves with blinking, itching eyelids when you wake up, burning, sensitivity to light, and scratchy feeling (like something is in your eye).
You may also notice your eyelids are red and swollen at the eyelid margins. You may be experiencing a gradual loss of your eyelashes. You may also be unable to tolerate contact lenses in your eyes anymore. You may be using whitening drops to look better and wonder about the long term effects.
We offer a thorough analysis of the type of Dry Eye you are suffering from. We can then tailor your treatment. Treatments will vary depending on the severity and type of dry eye.