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Dry Eye Relief Systems of America

Dry Eye Syndrome is an often debilitating condition that can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Eyes can feel sandy, gritty, and  have a burning feeling. Dry Eye Syndrome can also cause excessive tearing, blurred vision, and can easily interfere with quality of life.

Symptoms of dry eye are often worse when involved in tasks that require concentration. Blinking frequency is decreased whenever we stare, resulting in increased tear evaporation and dryness. That explains why activities such as driving, watching television, reading and computer work produce more symptoms and greater discomfort.

The Complexity of Tears

The function of tears is to keep the front window of the eye, the cornea, moist and free of debris. This protective coating is actually a complex of three layers. The first, inner most layer of the tears is the mucin layer. The middle layer is the aqueous or water layer. The outer layer is the lipid or oil layer. Our cornea is like a waxed car. Water would bead up and not uniformely spread across the corneal surface if it weren't for the mucin layer. Mucin allows the second layer called the aqueous layer (water) to coat the corneal surface. The aqueous layer provides the essential hydration necessary to keep the cornea clear and moist. The outer  lipid or oil layer acts as an evaporation barrier keeping the aqueous component stable. Deficiency or malfunction in any of the tear layers will result in tear instability, increased tear evaporation, and problematic dry eye symptoms.

Dry Eye Treatment

It would seem that the treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome would be simple and straight forward. If the eye is dry, wet it with artificial tears. Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the tear film and the wide variety of causes for tear film breakdown, conventional treatments seldom provide satisfactory results. Effective treatment must first identify the specific type and causes of the tear film breakdown, only then can a targeted treatment system be initiated. Fortunately, there are advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches available today that identify and specifically target each tear film component. Determining if an individual's dry eye cause is evaporative, inflammatory, an aqueous deficiency, or a Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a required first step in targeting a successful treatment protocol.

Relief Systems

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Conventional simplistic dry eye treatment consists mostly of using artificial tear substitutes randomly chosen at the pharmacy.  Not surprisingly, the results are rarely successful.  Dry Eye Relief Systems of America has created an advanced approach to dry eye diagnosis and treatment, focusing on specific causes of an individual's dry eye, and directing a personalized treatment program to achieve positive results.

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