Dry Eye Management
Dry Eye (also known as Dry Eye Syndrome or Dry Eye Disease) is a common condition affecting more than 16 million people across the country and of all ages. It occurs if your eyes do not produce enough tears, or when your eyes do not make the right type of tears or tear film. This can result in eye discomfort. Dry eye can be accompanied by and often is caused by Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
We offer treatment from artificial tears to serum tears to scleral lenses and we will take the time to diagnose what is causing your dry eyes and provide an individualized approach to your disease.
This is why it is important that your doctor take the time to listen to your symptoms and work in a step-wise approach to have you feeling and seeing the way you should.
Dry Eye Disease
The natural tears that your eyes produce are composed of the outer oily layer, the middle watery layer, and the inner mucous layer. Dry eye describes eyes that do not produce enough tears or tears without the proper composition in any of these three layers. Dry eye is most often a result of the eye’s natural aging process. Most people’s eyes tend to become drier as they age, but the degree of dryness varies, with some people having more problems than others.
Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition where the edges of the eyelids become red, swollen and inflamed. Blepharitis is often caused by a build-up of bacteria living along the eyelid and eyelashes.
Description automatically generated with medium confidenceMeibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), is a chronic condition which occurs when the glands in the eyelids don’t produce enough oil, or the oil that is produced is of poor quality. This oil is called Meibum. It protects the watery layer of tears which cover your eyes and prevents them from drying out.
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