Even in a very humid place such as Miami Beach our optometrist diagnoses and treats dry eye syndrome more often than any other condition. Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which insufficient tears are produced to lubricate the ocular surface. Tears are needed to maintain the health of the cornea, the conjunctiva and provide clear vision. Patients with dry eyes either do not produce a large enough volume of tears or the tears have poor quality. Dry eye syndrome is very common chronic problem, particularly in females and older patients.
With every blink of the eyes, tears are spread across the the cornea. Our tears provide lubrication, decrease infection risk, wash away debris in the eye, and keep the surface smooth and clear. Excess tearing flows into small drains in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain down to the nose and throat.
Dry eye syndrome occurs as result of improper balance of tear components or evaporation.
- Inadequate amount of tears –produced from lacrimal gland, drained or evaporated off the eye too quickly.
- Poor tear quality tear– made up of three layers: oil, water, and mucus. Each one may be deficient and cause an imbalanced mixture and dryness.
Most commonly dry eye syndrome is due to an inadequate amount of the aqueous portion of tears. The condition is also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).
Common symptoms are irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning feeling. Also a feeling of something in their eyes, excess tearing, and blurry vision are common. Advanced dry eye syndrome can permanently damage the front surface of the eye and decrease vision.
Treatments for dry eye syndrome are designed to increase normal tear production and minimize the related discomfort and to maintain ocular surface heath.
South Beach Vision prides itself in being a world class dry eye clinic in Miami Beach. Our eye doctor, Dr Stelzer specializes in anterior segment eye disease and dry eye syndrome. Call us today at 305-877-2026 for a full dry eye work-up. This will also be evaluated by our optometrist during your comprehensive exam for eyeglasses or contact lenses.