- Overview of Dry Eye Disease
- Aqueous Deficient Dry Eyes
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Overview of Dry Eye Disease
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Dry eye is a common condition affecting more than 23 million people in the United States and is on the rise with the increased use of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Dry eye syndrome, if left untreated can cause more than just discomfort; it can result in ulcers, permanent damage to the cornea, and possible vision loss. Dry eye can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. For these reasons and more, we at Horizon Eye Specialists take dry eye very seriously, and you should too.
There are three layers to your tear film: lipid (oil), aqueous (water), and mucus. The composition of these layers helps protect and nourish the surface of your eyes. When these layers are not functioning properly the tears can evaporate rapidly or not reach the entire surface of the eye, causing irritation and other dry eye symptoms.
Do I Suffer From Dry Eyes?
While most prevalent in people over age 50 and more common in women than men, dry eye can affect anyone. The most common symptoms of dry eye include: grittiness, burning, watering, redness, fluctuating vision, fatigue, light sensitivity and intolerance to contact lenses. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms some or all of the time please call for an appointment with one of our dry eye specialist.
Accurate Screening for Dry Eyes
When you come to Horizon Eye Specialists we use a multi-faceted approach to your condition. We will use the latest technology available in diagnostic testing. Your process may include:
- SPEED Dry Eye Questionnaire to determine the frequency and severity of your symptoms
- Lipiview interferometry measures the lipid content of your tear film and evaluates your blinking patterns
- Tear Osmolarity determines the severity of your condition and stability of your tears
- Inflammadry tests for MMP9 marker to determine the presence of inflammation
- The Oculus keratograph images your meibomian glands to detect gland loss and measures your tear break-up time.
Once testing is completed, our specialists will study the images, accurately evaluate your condition and suggest a course of treatment to best fit your individual needs.