Dry Eye Syndrome usually refers to a lack of moisture reaching the ocular surface or the tears that reach the ocular surface evaporate too quickly. 65% of patients with Dry Eye Syndrome symptoms have a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. These lubricating Meibomian Glands provide the protective oil layer that prevents tears from evaporating. With this condition, the glands can become obstructed and an inadequate amount of protective oil is present in your tears. Factors such as the environment, the aging process, hormonal changes, medications, inadequate blinking, poor diet and systemic diseases can all play a significant role in reducing this moisture. Occasionally, Dry Eye Syndrome is related to underlying systemic conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Sjogren’s Syndrome, Sarcoidosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia and a multitude of autoimmune diseases.
Lipid (oil) layer: lubricates and prevents evaporation
The treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Every patient is different and this is how you will be evaluated and treated by Dr. Ginsberg. For over ten years, he has listened to the stories of thousands of patients with dry eye complaints and created very personalized plans of treatment. Very few of these patients benefit from only artificial tears three to four times per day which is a common suggestion from eye care providers who do not take the time to listen and diagnose the underlying problem. This underlying issue could be autoimmune, inflammatory, dysfunctional tear film due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, irregularity of the surface of the eye and occasionally just lack of tear production. Dr. Ginsberg will take the time and interest to solve your problem and make your eyes comfortable. The goal of the therapy is “so that you don’t think about your eyes”!