What is dry eye?

A frequent condition that impairs vision and ocular comfort is dry eye. Dry eye symptoms can differ greatly from patient to patient. The following symptoms may be present in Dry Eye patients in one or more cases:

• A scratchy, gritty, or dry feeling
• Watery eyes; stinging; irritation;  light sensitivity; fluctuating vision

At Buxton Eye Surgical Group, we employ a variety of technologies to determine whether you can be suffering from Dry Eye as well as to comprehend your symptoms. A serious condition called dry eye can have a significant impact on both your eyesight and the health of your eyes.

What causes dry eye?

Several environmental and health-related factors that affect tear quality can have an impact on dry eye.

Three layers can be found in tears: a mucus layer, an aqueous (watery) layer, and an oleic (oily) layer.

Your eyesight and eye comfort may be impacted if there is an imbalance in these layers. For instance, if not enough lipid layer is being produced tears may evaporate too quickly and result in symptoms including pain, excessive tear production, and blurry vision.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a disorder that affects the production of oils in your tears, is frequently the cause of poor tear quality. The occlusion of the oil-producing glands in the eyelids is the most typical type of MGD.

At Buxton Eye Surgical Group, we will test the quality of your tears to ascertain whether MGD is a factor in or a direct cause of your dry eye symptoms and develop a treatment strategy to address it.

How do we treat Dry Eye?

Each case of Dry Eye is unique. We consider the factors causing your dry eye as well as your tear quality to develop a custom dry eye treatment plan.

Management considerations for Dry Eye include artificial tears/lubricant drops which provide short-term relief of symptoms.

Other options include prescription anti-inflammatory drops and in-office obstruction removal with medical devices like The TearCare® System.

What is TearCare®?

TearCare® is an innovative Dry Eye procedure that targets the blocked meibomian glands in your eyelids that produce oils to keep your tears healthy.

When these glands become blocked or have reduced function, your tears may evaporate more quickly. Unblocking these glands with The TearCare® System can help restore their function and stabilize the tear film. This may improve the quality of tears and reduce symptoms like dryness, gritty or scratchy sensations, blurry vision, and watery eyes.

At your appointment, we will determine whether your dry eye symptoms are caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and would benefit from the use of The TearCare® System.