Dry Eye Syndrome: A Photographic Review10:59 AM
If you have been diagnosed with dry eye, which 48% of Americans experience according to this study, your doctor has probably tried to describe the underlying cause of your dryness. You knew your eyes were feeling badly: itching, watering, redness, burning, pain, dryness, or blurriness between blinks are all common symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Now it is your doctor's job to find a way to make your eyes feel better and perform more optimally. In order to do that, they have to know what is causing your dryness. Current literature often breaks down dry eye syndrome as one of 2 categories:
- Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye: Basically this means you aren't making enough tear film. In many cases this is associated with conditions like Sjogrens Syndrome where inflammatory mediators are reducing both tear and saliva production
- Evaporative Dry Eye: Basically the tears that you make just dry right up off the ocular surface. This type of dry eye means you are producing tear film, but the tear film is missing the proper components to stay long enough on the eye.
|Inspissated Meibomian Gland|
|Chronic Infammation -- classic for Ocular Rosacea|
|Long-standing Dry Eye|