To function correctly and stay comfortable, the mucus membranes of the eyes must be well lubricated by your natural tears. Dry eye disease (DED) often occurs when the quality of tears the eyes produce are too little or not of good quality. If your tears are not of proper consistency or evaporate too quickly, you could begin to experience dry eye symptoms.
Symptoms of dry eye disease include:
Excess white, stringy mucus
Sensitivity to light
Discomfort during contact lens wear
Causes of Dry Eye
Insufficient Tear Volume
Your eyelid glands produce tears to lubricate the eyes. If these glands are unable to produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist and comfortable, symptoms of dry eye will develop.
Poor Tear Quality
Your tears are made up of a delicate balance between water and an oil called meibum, produced by the meibomian glands in the eyelids. Meibum helps prevent the tears from evaporating too quickly.
The optometrists at Macha Eye Care use InflammaDry to identify cases of dry eye disease. InflammaDry is an efficient in-office diagnostic tool that detects elevated levels of MMP-9, an inflammatory marker that is elevated in the tears of patients with DED.
Artificial tears are eye drops available at the pharmacy or by prescription. Artificial tears provide quick, effective relief from dry eye symptoms if used as directed. However, artificial tears are only effective for short-term relief from symptoms and don’t alleviate the problem itself.
At Macha Eye Care, we prescribe medical-strength drops to help mitigate your symptoms, such as Restasis and Xiidra. These drops mimic your body’s natural tear production and can offer longer-term relief.
Please ask your optometrist which drops are right for you and always read and follow the directions on the label.
Punctal plugs are tiny inserts placed into the drainage ducts in the upper and lower eyelids to slow the tears from draining. Punctal plugs keep the tears on the surface of the eyes, ensuring your eyes feel lubricated for longer. If needed, they can be inserted and removed directly by your optometrist at Macha Eye Care.
BlephEx to Treat Blepharitis
Blepharitis is a contributor to dry eye disease that causes inflammation of the eyelids, leading to redness, irritation, crusting, and flaking. BlephEx™ is a revolutionary new instrument used by your optometrist to precisely clean the eyelids and lashes using a medical-grade micro-sponge. Treating blepharitis will help alleviate some of your dry eye symptoms and keep your eyes feeling comfortable.
Meibomian Gland Expression
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause of dry eye disease. Meibomian glands secrete the oil that balances your natural tears and keeps them on the surface of your eye.
When the meibomian glands are blocked, the tears evaporate too quickly, leading to frothy tears, irritated eyes, and dryness. Your optometrist may suggest meibomian gland expression to unblock the meibomian glands and better balance your tears.
Meibomian gland expression uses careful techniques to squeeze the eyelids to unblock clogged meibomian glands and promote their normal working function.
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