What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye, also known as ocular surface disease, is a common condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough lubrication. Fatty oils, water, and mucus create a complex mixture that helps to maintain a healthy surface for your eyes to provide you with clear vision.
The cause of dry eyes can be varied. Tear production may decrease as a result of the natural aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, inflammation, medication, and other medical conditions.
Common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Blurred vision
- Contact lens intolerance
- Eye redness
- Gritty sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Stinging or burning sensation
We currently survey all our patients for dry eye symptoms during comprehensive eye exams, as a thorough exam will help us to determine the cause of your dry eyes. Equipped with the latest technology, we use the OCULUS Keratograph® 5M to measure tear quality, assess your meibomian glands, and examine tear particles through a non-invasive approach.
After examining the results, we can tailor your treatment accordingly to suit your needs and concerns.
Treatment will vary based on the severity and results of your examination. Most moderate to mild cases can be relieved with medicated eye drops or artificial tears.