Dry Eye, often called Dry Eye Disease (DED), is a common reason why a patient comes into our Alexandria eye practice. Dry Eye can affect a person’s quality of life and ability to perform everyday functions such as driving a car and using a computer. The doctors at Louisiana Eye & Laser are recognized dry eye experts. Our doctors are equipped with advanced technology, diagnostic equipment and treatment modalities to meet the needs of patients who have not been able to find relief.
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Two Forms of Dry Eye – Aqueous & Evaporative
Aqueous dry eye occurs when the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery (aqueous) component of tears to maintain a healthy eye surface.
Evaporative dry eye is the most common form of dry eye affecting 65% of sufferers. This form of dry eye is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or blocked glands that create a deficiency in the oil layer of the tear film. This can be the beginning of other dry eye disease problems, including damage to the cornea and sight-related issues. Many times, aqueous and evaporative dry eye are found in the same patient.
Dry Eye Disease is often undiagnosed due to its complex nature. Accuracy is difficult since common dry eye symptoms can mimic other ailments, like ocular allergies.
Dry Eye symptoms include:
- Occasional blurring of vision
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Excess tearing or watering
- Tired eyes
- Contact lens discomfort
- Feeling of sand or grit in the eye
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If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at one of our 14 locations throughout Louisiana. Relief is in sight!