OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE
OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE
Ocular Surface Disease (OSD), also known as Dry Eye Disease (DED) is a very complex condition that is chronic and progressive.
There are two primary types of dry eye disease: Evaporative and Aqueous deficient.
Evaporative DED is caused by Meibomian gland dysfunction and is present in over 80% of cases. Cases of purely aqueous deficient DED are fairly rare, occurring about 10% of the time.
Dry Eye Syndrome and Blepharitis are two components of Ocular Surface Disease (OSD). Dry Eye Syndrome refers to a group of disorders of the tear film that result from decreased tear production and/or increased tear evaporation. Blepharitis, or inflammation along the surface of the eyelid, also contributes to OSD by increasing tear evaporation.
CAUSES OF DRY EYE DISEASE:
The common causes of Dry eye disease include Digital device use, Aging, Contact lens wear, Hormonal changes in women, Environmental factors and certain diseases like arthritis, lupus and thyroid diseases.
DRY EYE SYMPTOMS:
The symptoms include Blurry/fluctuating vision, Red eyes, Burning, Itching, Foreign body sensation, gritty, sandy feeling, Light sensitivity, Excessive tearing, Pain or soreness in or around eyes, Tired eyes, Contact lens discomfort or intolerance, Seasonal allergies.
THE KERATOGRAPH is one of several advanced diagnostic instruments and tests our doctors use to diagnose your dry eye disease accurately to help develop your individualized treatment plan. The test results allow your doctor to objectively view the tear film and the health of your tear glands and to measure the tear evaporation rate.
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