Did you know:
- The average blink rate drops from 12-15 times per minute, to 3-4 times per minute when using a computer.
- Tear production is affected by many medications, including antidepressants, over-the-counter allergy pills, and even birth control pills.
- Alcohol and caffeine make dry eyes worse, as does inadequate water intake and poor diet
- The majority of Dry Eye symptoms are due to underlying eyelid disease
- Our dry climate encourages the growth of eyelid mites that can contribute to dry, red and itchy eyes (Demodex folliculorum). These can be treated.
Our tear layer and blinking mechanics are a highly complex system that must function well in order to lubricate, protect, and maintain the proper health of your eyes. Any breakdown can result in symptoms ranging from:
- Burning, Grittiness, Foreign body sensation
- Redness, Itching, desire to constantly rub the eyes
- Excessive watering and tears overflowing onto cheeks
- Feeling of wanting to close the eyes for relief
- Inability to tolerate contact lenses
If you suffer from any of the above, we will conduct a baseline assessment at the time of your initial comprehensive eye examination, and then schedule a comprehensive work-up appointment. Your tear chemistry will be assessed, infrared imaging of your glands will be performed (meibography) and an in-depth examination of the structure and function of your eyelids will be done. Digital images of your eyelid and external eye structures will be taken, and treatment will be initiated based on the underlying diagnosis.