“Dry eye is frequently misunderstood and often mistaken for other conditions such as eye allergies or infections. Untreated, it can lead to permanent eye damage.”

“Millions of people suffer from dry eyes, yet some who experience the symptoms don’t realize the cause.”

“Most people aren’t aware that frequent eye watering is actually one of the most common symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome.”

WHAT IS DRY EYE? 

The phrase “dry eye” is such a common term that many times we forget the dry eye is a chronic disease that must be treated and continually managed.
Dry eye can be defined as a lack of tear film production or a decreased quality of tear film. The tear film is composed of 3 layers. The outermost layer is the oily or lipid layer that is produced in the meibomian gland which line the upper and lower lid margins. This layer helps to seal in the tear film and reduce evaporation.
The watery layers is the middle portion of the tear film produced by the lacrimal glands and helps to wash away debris and clean the ocular surface.The mucus layer is the innermost layer helps to spread the watery layer over the cornea and helps the tears stick to the eye.

AND WHAT CAUSES IT? 

There are many factors that can cause dry eye can be systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s disease or diabetes, hormonal changes, age, medications, or exposure to sun, wind, or dry environments.

Most often dry eye is caused by a combination of health and lifestyle factors. At Myoptic, we use advanced techniques and technology to assess your tear film, meibomian glands, eyelids, ocular surface, and blink techniques. We also evaluate health, medical history, and environment to tailor a dry eye treatment that is specific to you. We help to increase the quality of tears and decrease inflammation that can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

 

Dry eye treatment can now be targeted to address the
underlying cause of the problem.
With the OCULUS Keratograph® 5M thousands of
measuring points are used to measure the whole surface of the cornea and evaluate the quantity of the tear film.
The high-resolution color camera is equipped with intelligent software to analyze the collected data and document the findings. It can also compare the results and show the success of the dry eye treatment.


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Therapeutic device placed on the cornea short term to repair and heal moderate to severely damaged corneas.

Non-preserved artificial tears can be used to supplement natural tears in mild cases. However, dry eye cannot be treated with artificial tears alone.

In office treatment reducing bacteria that builds up on the lid margin and lashes. Decreasing inflammation and keeping the lids clean can greatly decrease dry eye symptoms.

Increasing tear quality production:
Omegas and fish oil supplements can help boost the lipid portion of the tear film which can reduce evaporation. Or prescription drops such as Restasis® or Xiidra® can help increase tear production and decrease inflammation, respectively.

Ointments, steroids, eyelid cleansers, warm compresses, and lid massage.

Discussion of blinking exercises, visual hygiene, and strategies at home or work to decrease dry eye symptoms.
These are just a few of the treatments to help ensure healthy and comfortable eyes and vision.

 
 
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