A Common Affliction
One of the more common causes of eye irritation is dry eye syndrome. Symptoms are typically a sensation of regular eye irritation, burning, tearing, and sometimes-blurry vision.
How it Happens
The tear film, which covers the eye surface, is a complex three-layered structure. Made up of mostly water, it also has an inner layer of mucus, which holds the tear film to the eye surface, and an outer layer of lipids (fats) that serves to slow evaporation of tears. This tear film lubricates the eye, smoothing away irregularities for better-quality vision; it washes germs and other irritating substances from the eye surface; and carries important oxygen to the surface of the eye.
Dry eye syndrome is when the tear film has one or more disorders, which can be classified into two categories:
- Decreased tear production
- Excessive tear evaporation
Dry eye may also develop as a result of disease or blockage in the oil-producing glands within the eyelid.
Dry Eye Treatment
Our dry eye syndrome specialists will devise a treatment plan specific to your needs.