Dry eye syndrome affects millions of Americans, and symptoms can range from occasional, mild irritation to debilitating and stubborn symptoms. Each time you blink your eye, tears spread across the surface of the cornea. Tears exist to provide lubrication to the eye, reduce the risk of infection and to wash away foreign matter in the eye. Excess tears drain out of the eye through small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelid. Dry eyes occur when tear production and drainage are out of balance. People with dry eye either do not produce good quality tears, or they simply do not produce enough tears.
Dry eye syndrome can be the result of many different factors, including your age or gender, medical conditions such as blepharitis or diabetes, or allergies and other environmental conditions. If you are experiencing warning signs of Dry Eye Syndrome, Dr. Patel can help. As our Dry Eye/Ocular Surface Disease specialist, she will walk you through a detailed, comprehensive eye exam in order to diagnose your symptoms. Don't suffer any longer - schedule your appointment today!