Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
The Meibomian Glands are located in the eyelids that produce an oily lipid that helps to keep tears stable and prevent evaporation or premature leakage of tears. The oliy lipid also makes the eyelids airtight when shut.
If the Meibomian Glands become dysfunctional, extreme dryness of the eyes and irritation of the eyelids can occur.
The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System
Triad Eye Institute is proud to offer LipiFlow, a revolutionary treatment for evaporative dry eye. Lipiflow is part of the TearScience® system which is a comprehensive, three-part evaluation of your eyes and their ability to produce tears and properly moisturize your eyes.
Tears are constantly being produced by the lacrimal gland, located under the upper eyelid. Tears are essential because they form a thin film that coats the front surface of the eye and prevents it from becoming dry. Normally, tears are quickly drained from the eye through a complex system of channels called the lacrimal drainage system. This system leads from the inner corner of the eyelids into the nose. Frequently, obstruction of the drainage system is the reason for excessive tearing.