Constant tear production is essential to maintaining your visual health and comfort. In addition to providing lubrication to keep your eyes comfortable, tears also help wash away foreign matter from your eyes. Any irregularities with your tear production may result in dry eye syndrome. Here, your trusted optometrist from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care answers the top questions about this disorder.
Q: What Causes This Eye Condition?
Your tears consist of three layers: the outer lipid layer, which prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly; the middle aqueous layer, which is responsible for nourishing and moisturizing your retina; and the innermost mucin layer, which helps distribute tears evenly across your eyes. If any of these layers develops an irregularity, you may develop dry eye syndrome.
Q: What Are the Usual Manifestations?
Eye pain, redness, and discharge are common symptoms. You may also experience a burning or gritty sensation as if a particle of dust is stuck in your eyes. You may report increased sensitivity to light and frequent eye strain, as well as sudden tearing of your eyes. Over time, you may have blurry vision, making it hard for you to carry out simple tasks. Visit your reliable eye specialist as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
Q: How Is It Managed?
We offer the LipiFlow® system as an effective remedy to dry eye syndrome. This is an FDA-approved treatment that uses thermal heat to release pressure from your clogged Meibomian glands. It is also helpful in stimulating your tear ducts to produce tears for your improved visual comfort. Before administering this treatment, we will ask you to complete our dry eye lifestyle questionnaire to get a more thorough picture of your overall health.
We will then ask you to undergo our LipiView test. This revolutionary imaging process allows us to capture a close-up image of your tear film. This way, we can easily identify changes in the consistency of your tears. LipiFlow can also be helpful for people undergoing laser eye surgery to reduce post-operative dry eye sensation.
If you have any further questions about dry eye syndrome, call us at (301) 859-4060 or complete our form. We serve families in Alexandria, VA, as well as various areas in Maryland including Potomac and Rockville.