Where Vision Goes Beyond Eyesight

Dry Eye Clinic

Did you know that dry eye can limit/impair your ability to read, drive, work on the computer and wear contact lenses?

Dry eye is the most common condition that a primary eye care provider will encounter in practice.

In 2007, the International Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS) defined dry eye as:

“A multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to ocular service. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.”

What does that mean?

  • No two patients have exactly the same symptoms
  • There are a variety of causes
  • There are a variety of treatments

Common symptoms of dry eye:

  • blurry vision
  • redness
  • burning
  • itching
  • light sensitivity
  • excessive tearing/watery eyes
  • tired eyes/eye fatigue
  • stringy mucus in or around eyes
  • foreign body sensation (feeling like something is always in eye)
  • contact lens discomfort
  • scratchy feeling, sandy gritty feeling

Common causes of dry eye:

  • Blepharitis
  • Miebomian Gland Dysfunction
  • other lid disese

 

  • Antihistamines
  • Vitamin A anolog
  • Beta-Blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Sleep aids Hormone therapies
  • Chemotherapeutics

 

  • Diabetes
  • Sjogren Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • inflammatory conditions
  • dermatological conditions

 

  • low humidity
  • allergy season

 

  • computer use
  • handheld device use (phones/tablets)
  • extensive reading

 

  • lack of Omega 6 FAs in diet
  • lack of Omega 3 FAs in diet

How can we help?

  1. Dr. Maze or Dr. Roache’ will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your tear film
  2. The doctors will review your treatment options:

Common treatments

  • artificial tears
  • warm compress
  • dietary suggestions
  • BlephEx
  • topical antibiotics
  • oral medications

For more info watch this video:

https://www.mydryeyes.com/Video_On_The_Tear_Film_And_CDE