Dry Eye Syndrome is a disorder in which your eyes do not produce enough tears to keep them moisturized. Tears play an essential role in providing a smooth surface to maintain optimal optical clarity. They also contain natural factors that protect your eyes from infections.
Along with eyelids, tears help wash away debris. Without tears, the eyelids could not wash away this debris. This would be akin to trying to clear your windshield on your car with your wiper blades alone –with no washer fluid. You surely need both for optimal clarity.
The tear film is made up 3 layers. If there is a deficiency in any layer, the tear film becomes destablized and can no longer provide these services like it should.
Dry eyes should not be written off as just a nuisance. If left untreated, Dry Eye Syndrome may lead to corneal scarring and vision loss.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome include:
- A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
- Eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Periods of excessive tearing
Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period
Receiving prompt, ongoing care for your Dry Eye Syndrome can prevent and/or minimize long term effects, such as scarring of the eye tissues and a decrease in your quality of life.
Dr. Saeed has extensive experience in treating Dry Eye Syndrome. In addition to planning a treatment regimen for his patients, Dr. Saeed is skilled at fitting patients with punctual plugs. These devices act in away to allow the eye to save as much of its precious tears as possible.