Dry Eye treatment means more than just putting water drops in your eyes! As many Dry Eye patients will say, Dry Eye symptoms – fluctuating vision, light sensitivity, sandy and gritty sensation, redness, burning, contact lens intolerance, and even excessive tearing – often persist no matter how many water drops are used.
It’s true that insufficient water production (Aqueous Deficiency Dry Eye) is a significant part of Dry Eye Disease, but the most recent advances in Dry Eye diagnosis have revealed that insufficient oil production (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD) causes Evaporative Dry Eye, which may play an even greater role in Dry Eye than insufficient water.
Here's what a normal tear layer looks like - the Lacrimal gland makes the water component of the tears, while the Meibomian glands make the all important oil:
See how a normal oil layer should stabilize the tear film:
Now that it’s known that Dry Eye Disease is much more complex than previously thought, and that diagnosis and treatment are equally complex, proper attention to the different components of Dry Eye make it more likely that Dry Eye treatment can be effective.
At the OASIS Dry Eye Center, a specialty clinic with our practice, we employ the most latest technology to diagnose and treat Dry Eye Disease, including LipiFlowTM Vector Thermal Pulsation, the only FDA approved treatment for oil insufficiency Dry Eye.
Dry Eye Disease is chronic and progressive. It’s important to treat Dry Eye Disease early on to reduce the chance of permanent losses in the eye lubrication system. Ask us if a visit to our OASIS Dry Eye Center might offer you the Dry Eye relief you’ve been seeking.