WHAT IS DRY EYES?

Dry eyes or more appropriately Ocular Surface Disease (OSD) can be a simple or much more complex condition that can cause significant discomfort and have a severe impact on quality of life and vision.  In the most recent years, the majority of discussion on Ocular Surface Disease has been on addressing the symptoms instead of addressing the root causes.  Diagnosis of the causes of the condition needs to be tackled systematically with a comprehensive evaluation of environment, ocular history and systemic health. Dry Eye Symptoms occur when there is a break down in 1) Tear Stability, 2) Increased Osmolarity (saltiness) 3) Cellular damage of the cornea (front of eye) and conjunctiva (white of eye) 4) Inflammation (resulting from damage or internally due to health conditions).  There is no one set treatment that works for every individual and requires a proper work up.  To determine if you have dry eyes take the following survey:

SYMPTOMS OF DRY EYES

Symptoms of dry eyes can include:
- Burnin
- Stinging
- Itching
- Light Sensitivity
- Watery Eyes
- Painful Eyes
- Blurred Vision

 

THE CAUSE

LIPID LAYER OF TEAR FILM

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TEAR FILM LAYERS

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