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Our mission at the Springs Dry Eye Center is to inform the public about the causes of Dry Eye, provide comprehensive Dry Eye analysis, and treat the root cause of Dry Eye in every patient.

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What causes Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is mainly caused by an imbalance in the tear film, which acts as a shield on the surface of our eyes.

We will go over the external, medical, and leading causes of Dry Eye.

External

External factors can be affected by Dry Eye and simultaneously cause it. Staring at digital screens, wind/dust/debris, heat, UV light, and many other factors should be limited to help reduce the symptoms of Dry Eye.

Medical

Dry Eye symptoms can sometimes be caused by medical conditions, medical procedures, or medicine. Some common causes of chronic Dry Eye are: arthritis, anxiety medication, LASIK surgery, extended contact use.

Leading

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is the leading cause of Dry Eye in 86% of Dry Eye sufferers. These blocked glands, if left untreated, can seize completely causing irreversible damage. A working gland produces lubricating oil for your eye.

Gland Comparison

What do these Meibomian glands do? Look below to see the difference.
A blink is simulated by pressing lightly on the bottom eyelid and oil will be secreted in a healthy eye.
These oils help shield the ocular surface from drying out.

Gland Imaging

Can we see the actual glands though? Yes! LipiView produces highlyaccurate pictures of the internal Meibomian gland structure. This gives ourspecialists the information they need to determine what is best for you.

What is MGD?

The following videos will go over the role Meibomian glands play in ocular health.

Healthy Gland Function

In a healthy eye, pressure from a blink expresses a small amount of oil from the Meibomian glands which is then distributed over the ocular surface as the eye opens. The ocular surface is the foundation for ocular comfort and visual quality.

Impact of Blocked Glands

Obstruction of Meibomian glands impedes oil production necessary to reduce aqueous evaporation which helps minimize friction bewteen eyelid and cornea.

Long-Term Untreated MGD

If left untreated, obstructed glands will reduce oil production, atrophy, and eventually drop out. Once a gland has atrophied completely, function is lost permanently, which leads to chronic discomfort and potentially sight-threatening damage to the ocular surface.

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