What is Dry Eye ?
Dry Eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain into the back of the nose. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
What Causes Dry Eye ?
There are many causes for dry eye syndrome. Insufficient blinking and deficiency of the tear-producing glands are thought to be the main causes. It can also occur as a part of the natural aging process or a symptom of systemic disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome. Long-term contact lens wear is yet another cause; in fact, dry eyes are the most common complaint among contact lens wearers.
How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed ?
Dry eye can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination and testing with emphasis on the evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears produced by the eyes. Special dyes may be put in the eyes to better observe tear flow and to highlight any changes to the outer surface of the eye caused by insufficient tears. Renton Vision Clinic is one of few practices equipped with the latest technology to accurately diagnose dry eye syndrome. With the most advanced diagnostic device, OCULUS Keratograph 5M, our doctors can effectively determine the root cause and suggest the best treatment plan. Please watch video below for detailed information about this technology.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
Dry Eye is a chronic condition and once the root cause of it is determined your eye doctor can prescribe the most effective treatment to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. Treatment options such as artificial tears, punctal plugs, or treating the eye inflammation by medication have been around for decades and up to now were the only treatment options available. With technological advancements, the treatment to promote healthy tear production by removing gland blockages and restoring gland function is now available. Our clinic now offers the only FDA-Approved Dry Eye treatment technology - TearScience Lipiflow. Lipiflow is well studied and documented by researchers and eye care professionals in the recent years, and it's proven to be the most effective treatment for the right candidates. To better understand how Lipiflow works, please watch video below. If you suffer from dry eyes please contact our office for details about this procedure.