Monday, November 2, 2009

Dr. Smolyar says...

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common disorder that often occurs when the output of tear glands and lipid producing glands decline, negatively affecting tearfilm quality. The surface of the eye then develops areas of dryness which leads to symptoms such as discomfort, eye burning and intermittent blurry vision between eye blinks.

The surface of the eye is normally coated by a layer of tearfilm, which is composed of a mixture of tears , lipids and mucus. This tearfilm layer provides lubrication to the eye and ensures both comfort as well as visual stability. This is why disruption of tearfilm production leads to eye discomfort and decreased vision.

Dry Eye Syndrome is more common in women than in men and increases in incidence with age. It can be particularly bothersome in patients with autoimmune disorders - for example rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. It is also common in people with inflammation of eyelids known as blepharitis.

As ophthalmologists, we can look at the properties and the amount of tearfilm, detect eyelid inflammation and evaluate for signs of eye surface dryness using special stains. We successfully treat Dry Eye Syndrome using number of advanced medical approaches and procedures.

As is the case in many medical conditions, Dry Eye Syndrome is easier to manage when treatment is started early in the course of the disorder.

Call Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute if you are experiencing the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome and we will be glad to help you. Our phone number is (502) 897-1604.

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