There Are Two Main Forms of Dry Eye Disease. Are You Treating the Right One?

Dry EyeMeibomian Gland Dysfunction or Evaporative Dry Eye is a real disease that can affect vision and quality of life. If left untreated, the disease can worsen. Unfortunately, the underlying cause of dry eye disease has been difficult to identify and treat effectively – leaving sufferers frustrated and unable to find long- term relief for dry eye symptoms. Now, with breakthrough technology, it’s possible to treat a root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye: a blockage of eyelid glands called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. These blocked eyelid glands result in a deficiency in the tear film oil, which is responsible for preventing the tears from evaporating too quickly. This condition results in dry eye discomfort that can affect the ability to lead a normal lifestyle. If you have blocked eyelid glands and Evaporative Dry Eye, there’s a clinically-proven treatment performed in your doctor’s office that has the potential to help reduce your dry eye discomfort by treating a root cause of the problem.

As many as 86% of patients with Dry Eye symptoms have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. If you're like many people with dry eye symptoms, your condition is related to blocked meibomian glands and an inadequate protective layer of oils in your tears.

Tears are made up of three layers:

  1. Lipid (oil) layer: lubricates and prevents evaporation
  2. Aqueous (water) layer: nourishes and protects the cornea
  3. Mucin layer: adheres tears to the eye

The eyelid glands called Meibomian glands create the lipid (oil) layer of the tear film. Evaporative Dry Eye disease is most often caused by a blockage or obstruction in the eyelid glands, which can lead to a lipid deficiency in the tears.

Common dry eye symptoms are:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sensitivity to light

Lifestyle impacts from dry eye are:

  • Difficulty performing visual tasks, such as reading, using a computer, driving and watching television
  • Inability to wear contact lenses
  • Constant use of eye drops
  • Trouble being out in the sun
  • Symptoms that worsen late in the day

See the tear film.

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