Dry Eye

WHAT IS DRY EYE?

Dry Eye Disease is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate and or unstable for many reasons. This condition can affect the vision, comfort and health of the eye. Hollyburn Eye Clinic recognizes the impact dry eyes can have on everyday life and can provide customized treatment plans for all severities of dryness.

Every time you blink, a film of tears is spread across the eye keeping the surface of the eye smooth and clear. This film is formed of three layers: an oil layer, a water layer and a mucus layer; each layer having its own function in maintaining a healthy tear film.

Oil Layer: is formed by meibomian glands, located on both the upper and lower eyelids. This layer is the outermost portion of the tear film and helps keep the tear surface smooth and prevents tears from drying too quickly.

Water Layer: is formed by the lacrimal glands in the eyelids. This layer is the middle of the tear film and makes up a majority of what we see as tears. It functions to clean the eyes of any particles that do not belong in the eye.

Mucus Layer: is the innermost portion of the tear film. This layer functions to help spread the water layer and keep tears stuck to the eye.

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