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Dry eye disease refers to a number of conditions, all of which are characterized by inadequate lubrication of the surface of the eye. The tear production system has a number of components and if any one of them is not working properly, the eyes will dry out. These components include, the lacrimal gland, which secretes the water component of tear film, the meibomian glands, that secrete the oily component of tear film and the lacriman punctum, which is responsible for drainage. A dry eye doctor will evaluate each aspect of the tear production system to pin-point the problem and provide targeted treatment. Learn more about dry eye disease.
Studies have showns that 86% of dry eye sufferers have meibomian gland dysfunction. Meibomian glands produce the lipid or oily component of healthy tears, which prevents the tear film from evaporating. The meibomian glands are located in the upper and lower eyelids. We use LipiScan to medically image the glands to evaluable their health. LipiScan images show that Many dry eye disease patients have glands that are obstructed or which have atrophied or dropped out entirely. We have several ways to treat meibomian gland dysfunction, with the most advanced being LipiFlow thermal pulsation treatment.
Examining blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye can help identify risks for stroke or heart attack—before they occur.