More than 22 Million People suffer from Dry Eyes.
Symptoms you may be experiencing: Burning, stinging, itchiness, light sensitivity, grittiness, scratchiness, redness, blurred vision.
The exact causes of your dry eyes are as individual as you are. Our Dry Eye Specialists will give you a comprehensive evaluation to assess the specific cause of your condition. Some conditions that could be causing your discomfort are outlined below:
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye is a multi-factorial disease of the tears and the ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. Dry eye is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface. It results when your body is unable to produce good quality tears at the rate your body needs.
Blepharitis is a common condition resulting from a build up of debris and bacteria on the eyelid margin and lashes. It can also affect the small oil glands of the eyelid margins. The symptoms of blepharitis may include burning, itching, irritation and tearing of the eyes. This condition can usually be treated with proper lid hygiene, but sometimes requires medications.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian glands are the oil producing glands in the upper and lower eyelids. They are responsible for the slow release of oil into the tear film. When the glands are clogged, the absence of the oily layer can cause evaporation of the natural tear layer causing dry eyes. This chronic obstruction can also result in swelling of the eyelid, termed a hordeolum/chalazion or more commonly “stye”.
We initiate a multitude of treatment modalities including medicinal therapy, dry eye vitamin supplements as well as puntal occlusion with collagen punctual plugs.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above, please call our Vision Source office to make an appointment.