If your eyes feel gritty, tired and irritated more often than not, you may be plagued with a troublesome condition called dry eye. Our Tear Institute team uses state-of-the-art technology and treatment options to handle everyday dry eye to advanced cases of an ocular surface disease. Our team screens all patients for dry eye, even if they exhibit no symptoms so that no case of this progressive disease will go unseen.
If you are suffering from dry eye or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us for an in-depth dry eye examination.
The eyes are sensitive organs that require both hydration and protection against outside threats. The meibomian glands and lacrimal glands address this need by working together to maintaining a constant tear film on the front of the eye. This film, which is refreshed every time you blink, is more than just water — it’s a three-layered barrier consisting of mucin, water and an outer covering of lipid to prevent evaporation. Any imbalances or deficiencies in the tear film can result in dry eye, whether you’re failing to produce one particular component or you’re simply not making enough tears.
Causes of dry eye may include:
• Immune system disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome
• Eyelid dysfunction
• Atrophic meibomian glands
• Constant exposure to moving air (ceiling fans, etc.)
• Long periods of computer use
Whatever the underlying reasons for your dry eye, don’t let it go untreated. Chronic dryness can cause redness, itching, irritation, blurred vision, foreign body sensation, extreme sensitivity to light and thick collections of mucus in or around the eyes. Ironically enough, you may also suffer from watery eyes as your lacrimal glands fight to maintain hydration. Even worse, your unprotected eyes may be especially prone to infections and other health threats, to the point that is permanently sight threatening.
Our Dry Eye Institute Exam includes:
• A tear film exam • A test called Lipiview II Lipid Layer/Blink Imaging/Meibography – This test measures the thickness of the lipid layer of your tears, blinking patterns, and a structural image of your meibomian glands.
• A biomicroscopy of the eye surface with Vital Dyes
• Korb Meibomian Gland Evaluator Analysis
Bring your dry eyes to our Advance Dry Eye Center. Our optometrists will ask you about your medical/medication history, your work habits, and your everyday environment. They will conduct an in-depth examination to determine what’s causing the problem.
Some treatments are eye drops, cleaners, and scrubs. Your optometrist will determine the best approach for your dry eye.
Some of Our Dry Eye Solutions