Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome refers to a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes.
Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear.
Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage are not in balance. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality. These patients may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. It is not only uncomfortable, but it can cause permanent damage to the front surface of the eye. Even when not severe, dry eye can have a significant impact on quality of life
Dry eyes can be a chronic condition, and depending on symptoms, treatment may be conservative and step wise, or more aggressive. The primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eyes include adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, conserving tears, increasing tear production, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.
Dr. Thobani can prescribe an individual treatment approach to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable, minimizing dryness and related discomfort, and maintaining eye health to prevent your vision from being affected.
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