DRY EYE MANAGEMENT
Dry eye is one of the most common causes of ocular discomfort, and a frequent complaint by patients when visiting their eye doctor. Dry Eye Syndrome can be caused by misbalanced tears, which are comprised of various components.
There are three primary components to human tears: oils, goblet cells, and the aqueous portion. These components work together to ensure that our eyes have the appropriate amount of moisture to functon properly and comfortably. The lacrimal gland is responsible for most tear production, while the Meibomian gland produces the oily component and goblet cells keep the components mixed together. Dry Eye occurs when o or several of these glands is not functioning properly, causing either insufficient tear volume or poor quality tear production.
Common causes of dry eye syndrome are inflammation of the lacrimal gland, which causes low tear volume, and inflammation the glands that exist at the margin of our eyelids, which can cause low quality tears. Other reasons dry eye may occur are changes in medication or hormonal changes.
If you are experiencing dry eye, it is likely that you will have one or several of the following symptoms:
- Red, dry, or scratchy eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Burning sensation
- Gritty sensation
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are struggling to find relief, call us at Tenafly Eye Associates today! We have a variety of options to help you manage and treat your dry eyes.