Dry eye can severely affect your quality of life if not diagnosed and treated properly. Symptoms of dry eye can be painful and irritating, at times affecting your vision and making it difficult to enjoy the things in life that truly matter.
Your vision should be as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy everything life has to offer. Our personalized dry eye treatments begin with understanding the exact cause of your dry eye. From there, we can create a custom treatment plan to bring you the much-needed relief you’ve been seeking.
There are 2 different types of dry eye: aqueous deficient and evaporative. Aqueous deficient dry eye occurs when you don’t produce enough tears, so you can’t properly lubricate the eye surface each time you blink. Evaporative dry eye is more common, and is caused by blockages in the glands that deliver oil to your tears, called the meibomian glands. This lack of oil causes tears to evaporate more quickly, reducing your tears’ effectiveness.
3 separate layers make up your tears and work together to ensure your eye surface is adequately lubricated. The outer layer is called the oil or lipid layer. It helps seal the tear film on your eye surface and reduce evaporation. The middle aqueous layer lubricates the eye surface while washing away dust and debris. The inner mucin layer ensures your tear film spreads evenly across the eye surface and helps the tear film stick to your eye.
Dry eye can feel gritty like sandpaper every time you blink. Many people with dry eye also say they feel a burning sensation on their eye surface accompanied by the feeling of having something stuck in their eye.
We can manage dry eye with effective, personalized treatments. Many treatments focus on freeing blockages in the meibomian glands that deliver oil to the outer layer of the tear film. Other therapies focus on reducing symptoms and increasing comfort, like eye drops. In all cases, our team works to uncover the exact cause of your dry eye to personalize your treatment plan and bring you relief.
Dry eye can cause blurry vision. In some cases, dry eye accompanied by blurry vision can signify conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition that affects the lacrimal glands, which help deliver the middle aqueous layer of the tear film to the eye surface.
Dry eye may be temporary, lasting from weeks to months. However, if left untreated, dry eye can be a permanent condition that reduces your quality of life.
Drinking water can help your body produce the necessary amount of tear film it needs to lubricate the eye surface properly. Men should aim to drink about 15.5 cups of water daily, while women should drink 11.5 cups.
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