1 February 2022
1 February 2022
Dry eye is a condition caused by poor or decreased tear quality. This decreased production is usually caused by meibomian glands dysfunction. These glands, located at the base of each eyelash, are essential for keeping your eyes hydrated by secreting an oil called meibum every time you blink your eyes. The clinical signs or symptoms associated with dry eyes occur when meibum secretion is impaired, because it compromises tears production. When tears lose their oil content, the brain compensates by releasing more moisture, but water only evaporates, which leads to dry eyes.
One cause of dry eye is the widespread use of tablets, smartphones, TVs and computer screens. When using these devices, we blink less often than we should. As we blink less, the glands activate less. As a result, they can become clogged or even atrophy and may eventually disappear completely.
Several other factors can be responsible for dry eye, such as aging, hormonal changes, conditions such as eczema, certain medications, cataract or LASIK surgery and many more.
Nowadays, there are effective treatments for dry eyes. With or without symptoms, it is important to act quickly to treat dry eye before it becomes painful and difficult to manage, or before the damage becomes irreversible.
Eye Am professionals have been detecting and treating dry eye since 2014. We helped thousands of patients to date with a level of satisfaction that is unequalled in the market.
We are the only ones having all the technologies available and authorized by Health Canada. Dry eye is a complex condition. With all available treatments at our disposal, we can tackle every each factors that cause dry eyes.
Do you think you have symptoms? Before treating dry eyes, an assessment is performed to determine the best management of your condition. During this appointment, which takes about forty-five minutes, an image of the glands responsible for dry eye will be taken to find out their condition. The doctor will also conduct a blink analysis and will verify the water and oil content of your tears.
Given the incidence of dry eye in the population, it is recommended to have a screened test during your annual eye exam. If you are experiencing discomfort or eye pain, it is likely that your meibomian glands are not functioning properly. In this case, you should consult your optometrist to identify the cause and the right treatment(s) for you. For more information about dry eye testing
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