Dry Eye Disease
Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common reasons that patients visit us at theOPTOMETRIST. The most common form of Dry Eye is Evaporative Dry Eye, affecting 9 out of 10 people suffering Dry Eye Syndrome (86%).1 Evaporative Dry Eye is often caused by blockage of the oil glands in your eyelid (the Meibomian Glands). Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) leads to the tears evaporating faster than normal due to a shortage of oils in your tear film.
Proper treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome involves much more than just artificial tears. Eye drops usually relieve your symptoms but this is only temporary. Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating or, in some cases, debilitating. Patients find that their personal and professional lives are affected and have difficulty with activities like reading, watching TV, driving and even socialising. With the increased use of digital devices, the prevalence of dry eyes is also increasing.