Blindness or low vision adversely affects individuals and families across the world. Studies have shown that it reduces the quality of life and increases the mortality rate. We take pride in providing cutting-edge eye care solutions in the United States. Globally, dry eye is the most common condition affecting many.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition in which an individual has insufficient or low-quality tears for nourishment and lubrication of the eye. Tears play the vital role of keeping the eyes healthy and providing a clear vision. Dry eye condition is common in aged people.
During blinking, tears spread on the eye surface removing foreign substances, providing lubrication, reducing risk infections and maintaining smoothness and clarity. Excess tears are designed to flow into the back of the nose through tiny drainage ducts located in eyelid corners. Therefore, dry eye results from an imbalance between tear production and drainage.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye is caused by several factors, including:
Age: most people above the age of 65 show dry eye symptoms.
Medications: Studies have shown that certain medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and blood pressure reduces the number of tears produced.
Medical Conditions: research has indicated that conditions such as diabetes, thyroid complications, blepharitis and rheumatic arthritis increase the chance of developing dry eye.
Environmental Factors: increased rate of tear evaporation can cause dry eye. Exposure to environmental factors such as dry weather, smoke and wind increase the risk of dryness.
How We Diagnose Dry Eyes?
Our comprehensive eye examination procedures are tailored to diagnose dry eyes. We have state of the art laboratory for testing and diagnosing. The testing emphasizes determining the number of tears produced and their quality.
Our professionally trained and certified doctors examine patient history, external eye examination; evaluate eyelid and cornea condition, and measure the quality and quantity of tears produced.
After a thorough examination, our optometrists use the information obtained to advise on the best treatment. Regardless of whether dry eye condition is chronic or mild, it can be managed through treatment and care. There are various ways of keeping your eyes healthy, comfortable and functioning normally. Contact us today and schedule an appointment.