Eyecare Focus & Specialties has designed a specialty dry eye program that gets to the root of the disease in order to effectively treat the disease. Dry eye disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the ocular surface brought about by tear hyperosmolarity and usually accompanied by ocular surface symptoms. In other words, persistent eye irritation and inflammation from our eyelids and other surfaces in and around our eyes leads to poor tear quality, quick evaporation of our tears, and ultimately dry eyes. Our eyes can then burn, itch, excessively tear, discharge, become light sensitive, or even have reduced vision. If left untreated, a downward spiral begins with inflammation causing dryness, dryness then causing more inflammation, and a continual worsening of the condition.
Common ocular conditions that lead to dry eye disease:
Inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis affects the outside front of the eyelid, where the eyelashes are attached. Common causes of blepharitis are bacteria (Staphylococcus), scalp dandruff and demodex. Demodex is a type of small parasitic mite which lives in or around the hair follicles of any mammal, including humans. These mites survive by feeding off of dead skin cells and bacteria.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Meibomian glands in both the upper and lower eyelids secrete oils that are essential to high quality tears, allowing them to lubricate the eye rather than evaporate away. MGD occurs when these glands stop working properly. This is usually due to the openings of the glands being blocked by bacteria, skin cells, mites or environmental debris. It can also occur due to inflammation from other conditions such as Rosacea and acne. Over time, these glands can become damaged to the point of complete loss of function.
How do we treat these conditions?
Blephex Eyelid Cleansing Treatment
OTC At-home therapies such as:
- Preservative Free Artificial Tears
- Bruder Mask
- Omega-3 Supplements
- Ocusoft or Avenova lid cleansers
Short and Long-term anti-inflammation medications:
Oral medications if necessary
Scleral contact lenses
Others as necessary