What is Dry Eye?
In a healthy eye, tears are responsible for the perfectly smooth ocular surface which allows clear vision. Tears also clean and lubricate the eye. Every time we blink, a fresh layer of tears, called the Tear film, spreads over the eye. The Tear film is important for keeping the eye moist and comfortable. Sometimes, the eye may stop producing enough tears or tears evaporate too quickly. This common and often chronic condition is referred to as dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye can be categorized into two distinct groups:
- Aqueous deficiency dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca)
- Evaporative dry eye
As dry eye worsens, inflammation becomes a greater part of the disease profile. While many cases of dry eye are relatively mild, some may progress to cause severe damage to the ocular surface and loss of vision.
Symptoms of dry eye include:
- Unstable or blurry vision
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
- Tired or fatigued eyes
- A gritty sensation
- Irritation or pain
- Contact lens intolerance or reduced wearing time
- Reduced reading and distance vision
The Dry Eye Center is devoted to the advanced diagnosis and treatment of dry eye and ocular surface disease. Alliance Ophthalmology utilizes the latest state of the art technology including the OCULUS Keratograph® 5M. Keratograph® 5M has a high-resolution color camera and is equipped with intelligent software to analyze the collected data and document the findings. It can also compare the results and show the success of the dry eye treatment.
With help of the Keratograph® 5M, Dr. Strange can find the root cause of your dry eye syndrome and can suggest the best treatment plan specific for your eyes!