Dry eye is a condition where the front surface of the eye is not getting adequate lubrication or nutrition. This inadequacy causes an array of symptoms ranging from itching, redness to grittiness, pain and blurry vision.
For some people, there are not Enough tears being made; and for others, the Type of the tears created are of poor quality. The tear film lubricates your eyes, washes away foreign particles (like eyelashes and dust), provides nutrition and provides a smooth clear surface for vision.
So the big question is, is it the Quantity or Quality of tears that is creating your Dry Eye?
Let’s start by describing the different layers of the Tear Film.
The Mucin/Mucous layer allows the tears to adhere/stick to the front surface of the eye. The Aqueous/Water layer is the lubricating water component of the tear film providing nourishment and protection for the cornea. The Lipid/Oil Layer lubricates as well as prevents the tears from evaporating.
If you are affected by not having enough Quantity of tears, it could be due to inflammation related. If you are affected by the Quality of your tears not being adequate, then it could be caused by what we call Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Below is a video that described how Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is caused and the treatment option.
Depending on why your eyes are dry, the treatment methods are different.
We are proud to announce that we now offer Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation treatment in office!