Dry Eye Disease Factors
Your eyes are the only organs in your entire body that are exposed to the environment and outside air. Your heart, lungs, liver and all other organs are encased in skin. That is why it's crucial to keep your eyes well lubricated to prevent irritation and scarring from the constant blinking of your eyelids.
Dryness can affect the comfort of your eyes and the clarity of your vision. Dry Eye is a disease that many factors can contribute to disrupt the equilibrium of quality tear production. This disequilibrium causes symptoms like itching, redness, burning, blurry vision, pain, soreness and much more.
Fluctuating vision and discomfort can severely impact your quality of life. There are two causes of Dry Eye Disease, aqueous deficiency where you don't produce enough tears, or the lack quantity of tears, and the more common evaporative dry eye where the quality of the tears you produce is not adequate. One of the leading causes of Evaporative Dry Eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is characterized by obstructed and damaged meibomian glands which leads to a decrease in the quality and quantity of tears your glands produce. Obstruction, or clogging of the Meibomian glands leads to poor chemical composition of the tears and evaporation.
Most common symptoms of MGD include watering of your eyes, burning, inability to wear contact lens comfortable, irritation with make up use and more. MGD is chronic, progressive and there is no cure. But there are treatments.
At Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care, we offer comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment options for MGD, Dry Eye Disease, Ocular Rosacea and much more.