WHAT IS DRY EYE DISEASE?
The phrase “dry eye” is such a common term that we often forget it is a chronic condition that must be treated and continually managed.
Dry Eye Disease (DED) is defined as a multifactorial disease affecting the front surface of the eye in which tear film instability, inflammation and chronic damage all play roles.
The tear film is composed of 3 layers. The outermost layer is the oil or lipid layer which is produced by the Meibomian glands that line the eyelids. This layer helps to stabilize the tear film and reduce evaporation of the tears. The middle layer, or aqueous layer, is the watery component of the tear film which helps to wash away debris and nourish the ocular surface.The mucin layer is the innermost layer, and its role is to maintain the hydration of the ocular surface and to provide lubrication.
AND WHAT CAUSES DRY EYE DISEASE?
There are many factors that can cause DED such as contact lens wear, systemic anti-inflammatory syndromes, diabetes, hormonal changes, age, medications, or environmental triggers.
Most often DED is caused by a combination of health and lifestyle factors. At Myoptic, we use advanced techniques and technology to assess each individual structure and pinpoint the specific causes of your dryness. We also evaluate systemic health, medication history, and environmental factors in order to provide a tailored treatment plan. We hope to provide information and innovative solutions to help manage the chronic symptoms of DED.
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