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See the Beauty in Dry Eye Relief

Dry eye can have a major impact on your quality of life. You may find your eyes get tired faster or you have difficulty reading. Not to mention the discomfort of a burning sensation or blurry vision. Let’s take a look at dry eye treatments – from simple self-care to innovative prescriptions and therapies – to help you see clearly and comfortably.

What is Ocular Surface Disease?

Ocular Surface Disease (OSD), also known as Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), is the most common ocular disease. OSD is caused when the components of the tear film are not in balance which can cause annoying symptoms.

What are the most common symptoms?
Watery Eyes
Eye Fatigue
Sensitivity To Light

Advanced OSD may damage the front surface of the eye and impair your vision.

Can you be Asymptomatic and still have Ocular Surface Disease?

The answer is yes!

HOW IS OSD Treated?

An Ocular surface exam is performed with specific diagnostic equipment to determine which areas of the tear film are in distress. Your doctor will formulate an initial treatment plan which will include any combination of the following:

Eyelid hygiene
Fish oil
Eye Drops
Contact Lenses

Dry Eye Risk Factors

  • Advancing Age

  • Female

  • Dry Environment

  • Smoking Exposure

  • Connective Tissue Disorder (e.g. Sjogren Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis)

  • Conjunctival Scarring (e.g. From Prior Injury)

  • Vitamin A Deficiency

  • Prior Eye Surgery

  • Especially Corneal Refractive Surgery

  • Certain Medications (e.g. Anti-histamines, Beta-blockers)

Why is Tear Film Important?

Tears provide the lubrication for our eyes and help with the health of the eyes.

  • Oil layer – prevents evaporation of the water layer

  • Water layer – sustains the eye

  • Mucus layer – spreads tears to cover the entire surface of the eye

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian glands secrete the oil that coats the ocular surface and tear film. Meibomian gland dysfunction occurs when the glands do not produce enough oil or the quality of the oil is poor. When the oil glands become blocked, it can lead to atrophy and even gland death.

With all of the research and development into treating dry eyes, there is no reason to continue suffering from a dry eye condition in Wichita Falls. If you’re experiencing dry eyes, pain, itchiness, an eye allergy, redness, or light sensitivity, call (940) 241-7546, we can help!

Relieve your unwanted dry eye symptoms and experience the positive side effects of healthier, younger looking skin!