What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a progressive disease caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. If your eyes itch or sting, you may be experiencing the symptoms of dry eye.
Dry eye may feel like a foreign body in your eye, general discomfort, such as grittiness or burning, or even blurred vision.
What Causes Dry Eye?
The tear film is crucial for good vision, as tears bathe the eye by washing out dust and debris and keeping the eye moist. Tears are complex and contain many different essential elements, such as oils produced by glands in the eyelids called meibomian glands.
Tears are no longer able to lubricate the eye when the glands become blocked or plugged. Dry eye can also be caused from the natural process of aging, a side effect of medications, a dry or dusty climate, air conditioning, excessive time spent on the computer, or long-term contact lens wear. Dry eyes are also a symptom of immune deficiency diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ocular rosacea, or Sjogren’s syndrome.
A Plan For Treatment
The first step in treating dry eye is to determine the cause of the symptoms. This often requires specific testing of the cornea, lids, and tear film analysis. Once the cause of the dry eye disease is determined, your doctor will prescribe a course of treatment for lid hygiene.
The relief of dry eye requires a commitment to the treatment plan and patience, as the elimination of symptoms may not take full effect for a few months. Dry eye management is essential to healthy eyes, freeing you of the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with dry eye disease.
State of the art testing, with our keratograph, will provide an in-depth analysis to quantify your level of dry eye disease and response to treatment over time. Our doctors can image parts of your eye responsible for the production of a healthy tear film. Using this information, our doctors will recommend the best treatment plan for your particular type of dry eye disease.