Ocular Surface Disease / Dry Eye Syndrome

Ocular surface disease (OSD) is a blanket term that encompasses a range of diseases and conditions that affect the cornea. The cornea is the clear layer of tissue at the front of your eye. Because the cornea lacks blood vessels in order to remain crystal clear, it is susceptible to disease and injury. One of the most common forms of OSD is dry eye syndrome.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome affects millions of Americans, and symptoms can range from occasional, mild irritation to debilitating and stubborn symptoms. Each time you blink your eye, tears spread across the surface of the cornea. Tears exist to provide lubrication to the eye, reduce the risk of infection and to wash away foreign matter in the eye. Excess tears drain out of the eye through small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelid. Dry eyes occur when tear production and drainage are out of balance. People with dry eye either do not produce good quality tears, or they simply do not produce enough tears.

Those with dry eye will experience symptoms such as:

If you are experiencing warning signs of Dry Eye Syndrome, Dr. Patel can help. As our Dry Eye/Ocular Surface Disease specialist, she will walk you through a detailed, comprehensive eye exam in order to diagnose your symptoms.

 

What are the risk factors of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye can be the result of quite a few things, including:

 

Dry Eye Treatment

How exactly is dry eye syndrome treated? For some, over-the-counter eye drops will do the trick. For those with more severe symptoms, there are other treatments. Other treatments for dry eye syndrome include:

Dry eye syndrome can be frustrating, but we can help you live a life free of stubborn dry eye symptoms! f you are experiencing dry eye syndrome, call the specialists at Arlington Eye Center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel.