Dry eye research has expanded greatly over the past decade. As many as one in six Americans may suffer from chronic eye irritation which progressively worsens if not treated. Nearly 50% of contact lens wearers regularly experience symptoms of dryness. If this sounds like you, then let Dove Valley Vision Center help you get started today on the path to maintaining a consistently comfortable and healthy ocular surface that can provide consistent, clear vision.
The normal tear film is comprised of three layers. The mucous layer next to the eye is produced by the goblet cells located in the white conjunctiva. It adheres the tear film to the eye. The middle aqueous layer is produced by the accessory tear glands on the inner side of the eyelids. It lubricates the eye. The outer lipid (oil) layer is produced by the meibomian glands located within the eyelid and opening onto the eyelid margin. This layer keeps the tears from evaporating.
When the components of the tear film are in proper balance, the eye is lubricated properly. If any of the components of the tear film are insufficient or out of balance, the the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) may be experienced: gritty sensation, burning sensation, foreign body sensation, excess watering, light sensitivity, and blurred vision.
Blepharitis is a precursor to dry eye. Over 82 million people in the U.S are affected by blepharitis. Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth normal bacteria.
There is a revolutionary new treatment for blepharitis. Developed by a board certified ophthalmologist, Blephex® is an in-office procedure performed directly by your optometrist.
With the Blephex® procedure our doctors can now take an active role in treating blepharitis instead of simply relying on your ability to perform semi-effective home lid treatment. With Blephex® our doctors thoroughly and precisely elliminate the scurf and bacterial debri and biofilm that builds along the lid margin. These are the main cause of inflammatory lid disease. By eliminating the inflammatory cause of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid is improved. Patients can produce more of their own tears and enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with DES.