What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry Eye Disease is a condition resulting in symptoms and signs of: burning, stinging, or itching eyes; computer eye strain; frequent lid infections (sties); light sensitivity; contact lens discomfort; fluctuating or bluttery vision; eyelids stuck together upon waking; and general ocular discomfort.  Over 80 million people suffer from the disease, with rates rising every year.

 
 
Image courtesy of TearScience

Image courtesy of TearScience

What Causes Dry Eye Disease?

Dry Eye Disease results from two conditions, each of which causes inadequate moisture on the surface of the eye.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Healthy meibomian glands secrete a protective oil layer that prevents tear evaporation and dry eyes. When obstructed, these glands are unable to produce normal oil. Factors such as the environment, the aging process, hormonal changes, medications, inadequate blinking, poor diet and systemic diseases such as arthritis cause gland dysfunction.

Blepharitis: A chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of bacterial debris along the lid and lash lines. Over time, chronic inflammation leads to reduced tear gland performance.

 
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Who Does It Affect?

Dry Eye Disease affects people of all ages—teens, adults, and seniors. Those who are at greater risk are those who wear contacts, spend significant amount of time on computers and their cell phones, apply eye makeup daily, have rosacea, or have been on Accutane.

 
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What Are  My Treatment Options?

Because the causes of your Dry Eye Disease are often complex and multi-faceted, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We are proud to offer a range of diagnostic tools and treatments that will help us deliver optimal results given your needs.