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Aqueous Deficient Dry Eyes

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The production of the watery part of our tears is made by the eye’s lacrimal glands and it is important to the overall health and protection of eyes and vision. The surface of our eyes is bathed in tears to keep it moist. This tear film protects the eyes by cleansing away dust and other environmental factors that can lead to bacterial infections. Our tears are constantly produced to protect, nourish and bathe our eyes. When our eyes get irritated, tears can produce a response to the emergency situation and protect the eyes, but when the lacrimal glands fail to produce adequate tears, dry eyes can occur and cause further eye disorders.

Aqueous deficient dry eyes occur due to a lack of the watery substance in the tear film. The most common reason for this condition is failure of the lacrimal glands but other causes are inflammation of eye surfaces, conjunctiva, certain skin diseases, and it can also be a side effect of certain medications. Aqueous deficiency is also associated with autoimmune disorders like Sjögrens Syndrome and can happen following laser eye surgeries such as LASIK. At Horizon Eye Specialists, we are well-equipped to diagnose your condition and suggest treatment options that can will prevent deterioration and improve your everyday lifestyle.

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