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.