DRY EYE IS A DISEASE!
 
 Proper diagnosis is the first step toward relief.
Dry eye is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases, but it is the most common reason why patients see an eye care professional.
 
Dry eye is 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 the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.

Osmolarity
In fact, dry eye disease occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears. That's why it's essential you get your tears analyzed by your eye doctor. Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem and treat it appropriately.

We will take a sample of tears from each eye to measure osmolarity (the saltiness of your tears). As osmolarity in your tears increase ocular surface cells become damaged. Your doctor will need an amount of tear fluid no larger than the period at the end of this sentence.

With each blink, tears spread across the cornea (front surface of the eye) providing lubrication, reduced risk of eye infection and removing foreign material. Excess tears drain into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
 
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Dry Eye can lead to loss of sight due to corneal scarring, so delaying treatment is not recommended.
If Dry Eye is left untreated, Dry Eye can progress to a more irritable, troublesome condition called chronic conjunctivitis; and it can cause considerable trouble. When patients experience corneal scarring from Dry Eye, sight may be restored by corneal transplants. However, the original cause of the scarring should be addressed to prevent a recurrence of vision loss.
 
 

DRY EYE THERAPY

At Advanced Eye Care, we strive for perfection in visual clarity and comfort. Dry eye is one of the most common and bothersome conditions we encounter. Dry eye is abnormal; patients should not be forced to accept this condition as a normal part of life. Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions encountered by eye care practitioners and can often be the first sign of other medical conditions. The Eye Experience offers the latest in dry eye management technology including:

Punctal occlusion
• Nutritional therapy
• Medical therapy including anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive therapy, and treatment with autologous serum
• Specialty dry eye contact lenses including daily disposable contact lenses