Dry Eye

What Is Dry Eye?


Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears evaporate too quickly. Dry eye can be associated with inflammation or any disease process that alters the components or production of tears.

Other names for dry eye include dry eye syndrome, keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), evaporative tear deficiency, aqueous tear deficiency, and dry eye disease.

What are symptoms of Dry Eye?

Dry eye symptoms may include any of the following:
  • •stinging or burning of the eye

  • •a sandy or gritty feeling as if something is in the eye

  • •episodes of excess tears following very dry eye periods

  • •a stringy discharge from the eye

  • •pain and redness of the eye

  • •episodes of blurred vision

  • •heavy eyelids

  • •discomfort with contact lens

  • •decreased tolerance of reading, working on the computer, or any activity     that requires sustained visual attention

  • •eye fatigue


If symptoms of dry eye persist, call us: 305.673.1211 so we can make an accurate diagnosis of the condition and begin treatment to avoid permanent damage.

What are the causes of Dry Eye?

Dry eye can be a temporary or chronic condition:
  • •Dry eye can be a side effect of some medications, including antihistamines, nasal decongestants, tranquilizers, certain blood pressure medicines, Parkinson’s medications, birth control pills and anti-depressants.

  • •Skin disease on or around the eyelids

  • •Aging

  • •Diseases of the glands in the eyelids, such as meibomian gland dysfunction

  • •Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)

  • •Post LASIK surgery

  • •Environment: air conditioning, wind, heat

  • •Allergies

  • •Infrequent blinking associated with staring at computer or video screens

  • •Contact Lens Wear

  • •Immune system disorders such as Sjogrens Syndrome

  • •Pregnancy

  • •Women who are on hormone replacement therapy may experience dry eye symptoms. Women taking only estrogen are 70 percent more likely to experience dry eye, whereas those taking estrogen and progesterone have a 30 percent increased risk of developing dry eye.



What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes which leads to chronic irritation and dry eye.

Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, biofilm, scurf and debris can accumulate over many years, and the exotoxin-induced inflammation can cause significant damage to the eyelid and tear glands.

Now, thanks to BlephEx®, Dr. Roth can precisely and safely, clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which should almost immediately improve your symptoms.

We are excited to announce that we are now performing the BlephEx™ treatment. BlephEx™stands for microblepharoexfoliation, a painless procedure that safely and effectively removes the debris scurf, excess bacteria and biofim that is responsible for the majority of low-grade inflammatory blepharitis, the primary cause of chronic dry eye disease.

To learn more about BlephEx procedure and treatment, Click here!

Please give us a call at 305-673-1211 to set up your appointment to alleviate your blepharitis and dry eye symptoms!

Blepharitis and Demodex treatment