Dry Eye Syndrome

What are dry eyes?

Your eyes depend on the presence of a tear film to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort.

 

Tears are a combination of:

WATER for moisture

OILS for lubrication and to prevent evaporation of tear liquid

MUCUS for even spreading of tears on the surface of the eye; and

ANTIBODIES and SPECIAL PROTEINS for resistance to infection

 

These components are secreted by special glands located around the eye. When there is an imbalance or deficiency in this tear system, or when the tears evaporate too quickly, a person may experience DRY EYE.

 

When tears do not lubricate the eye enough, you may experience the following:

• PAIN

• BURNING

• A GRITTY SENSATION

• ITCHING

• REDNESS

• BLURRING OF VISION

• LIGHT SENSITIVITY

• DIFFICULTY WEARING CONTACTS

EXCESS TEARS RUNNING DOWN THE CHEEKS

This happens when the eye isn't getting enough lubrication. The eye sends a distress signal for more lubrication. In response, the eye is flooded with emergency tears. However, these tears are mostly water and do not have the lubricating qualities or the rich makeup of normal tears.

What causes dry eyes?

The majority of patients with DRY EYE have chronic inflammation (swelling) in the tear glands that line the eyelid and in the conjunctiva (the thin lining on the inside of the eyelids and the front part of the eye). This chronic inflammation can permanently damage the tear gland tissue to the point that treatment becomes ineffective.

 

In addition to an imbalance in the tear-flow system of the eye, DRY EYE can be caused by the drying out of the tear film. This can be complicated by dry air created by air conditioning, heat, or other environmental conditions.

 

Many patients also have OCULAR ROSACEA (meibomian gland dysfunction), an abnormality of the glands on the edge of the eyelid that are supposed to produce the oil to prevent evaporation of the tears. When patients have both dry eye and ocular rosacea, not only do they produce too few tears, but the tears they do make evaporate too quickly.

 

In some cases, dry eye is caused by another disease or condition, like rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. If this is the case, the systemic disease should also be treated in order to relieve the dry eyes.

Salem Eye Professionals

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PROKERA® biologic corneal bandage devices are used by eye doctors around the world to heal and treat eye diseases such as dry eye syndrome, keratitis, recurrent corneal erosions, filamentary keratitis, persistent epithelial defects, neurotrophic corneas, herpetic ulcers, and many other ocular surface diseases.

 

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Dr. Huggett specializes in diagnosing and treating DRY EYE Syndrome.

Salem Eye Professionals is a CLIA CERTIFIED LAB

Simply put, this means we employ state-of-art testing procedures to diagnose and treat your specific DRY EYE related issues.

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Our DIAGNOSTIC LAB uses only your eye's tear drops for testing.

Patient Benefits:

• Painless, non-invasive tear sample used in test

• Correct diagnosis and treatment can be prescribed on first visit

• More targeted and effective treatment for eye discomfort

 

We offer six different tear tests for thorough diagnostics:

• ATD® lactoferrin for DRY EYE caused by an IMBALANCE OF AQUEOUS FLUID

• ATD® IgE for DRY EYE caused by OCULAR ALLERGIES

• RPS® Inflammadry for DRY EYE caused by OCULAR INFLAMMATION

Schirmer's Test for DRY EYE caused by IMPROPER TEAR VOLUME

• Sjö Test for DRY EYE caused by SJÖGREN'S SYNDROME

Tear Film Breakup Time Test for DRY EYE caused by IMPROPER TEAR STABILITY

 

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