Michael A. Griffin, OD Dothan Eyes
200 Medical Care Way Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 794-8797 | email
   
  DRY EYE IS A DISEASE!
 
 Proper diagnosis is the first step toward relief.
Dry eye is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases, but it is the most common reason why patients see an eye care professional.
 
Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.

Osmolarity
In fact, dry eye disease occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears. That's why it's essential you get your tears analyzed by your eye doctor. Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem and treat it appropriately.

With each blink, tears spread across the cornea (front surface of the eye) providing lubrication, reduced risk of eye infection and removing foreign material. Excess tears drain into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
 
dry eye
 
Dry Eye can lead to loss of sight due to corneal scarring, so delaying treatment is not recommended.
If Dry Eye is left untreated, Dry Eye can progress to a more irritable, troublesome condition called chronic conjunctivitis; and it can cause considerable trouble. When patients experience corneal scarring from Dry Eye, sight may be restored by corneal transplants. However, the original cause of the scarring should be addressed to prevent a recurrence of vision loss.
 
 
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